Summer Reading with Dogs and Evil Scientists: What’s in Store for July at Byram Shubert Library

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There seems to be an awful lot of mad science happening at the Byram Shubert Library this summer.

With a summer reading program spanning five years, the summer 2014 program focuses on the science community and how reading can influence youngsters to become scientists later in life.

“Reading is fundamental, it’s imperative to the learning experience,” said Miguel Garcia-Colon, the chief librarian of the Byram Shubert Library branch.

The program, which has over 200 child readers from Town, focuses specifically on scientific or science related articles of literature. This upcoming Thursday at 4:00pm, the library branch will host an educational, yet quirky and fun meeting with the infamous ‘Evil Dr. Jim’ who will teach students all about the ‘evil’ behind Electricity and other forms of science that tie into electricity.

The summer reading program also tends to rope in other library events, unlike the activities created specifically for the science theme. On Thursday, children (and parents as well!) can go see and/or be a part of the R.E.A.D. to a dog program.

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The R.E.A.D. to a dog program, which first began in Seattle public libraries and has expanded nationwide to be an arrangement in some public libraries, is in the activity floor of the Byram Shubert Library (lower level), where dog professionals bring their therapy dogs to be read to by a child. The idea of the program is that kids can read their favorite stories to their favorite dogs from 3:30 to 4:30pm. The next read to a dog session is Thursday, July 31.


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