Programs for children of all ages on offer in Frankford

Summer reading programs are sizzling up at the Frankford Library.

The library’s staff is inviting children and teens to attend performances and to keep track of their reading to receive rewards. Registration forms, reading logs and, of course, books can be picked up at the library anytime, said Children’s Librarian Dorothy Fisch.

“Through our summer reading programs our library hopes to encourage everyone to read for fun, maintain those important reading skills and enjoy some great entertainment,” she said this week.

Pizza & Paperback Book Discussions are open only to teens entering grades six through 12. Teens are welcome to attend one or all of the book discussions planned on several Tuesdays at lunchtime this summer.

The summer theme for children ages 2-12 is “Dream Big — READ.”

“Through reading, all of us can expand our horizons, find inspiration and create the basis for making our dreams come true” said Fisch.

She added that the children participating can read, or be read to, for at least 10 hours this summer. To earn prizes and incentives, they must keep and turn in a reading log listing the book titles.

Additionally, eight performances, being held at the Frankford Fire Hall, are free and open to all. Still remaining this summer are the following Wednesday performances: July 11, “There is a Giant Reading My Book,” 2-3 p.m. — master storyteller Michael Forestieri entertains and enchants with his stories; July 18, “Great Big Faces,” 2-3 p.m. — artist Paul Merklein sketches popular storybook characters and shows how he creates his drawings focusing on just a few facial features; July 25, “Dreams, Schemes and Magic Things,” 2-3 p.m. — Mike Rose performs magic tricks and involves kids in this entertaining show based on dreams and nighttime activities; Aug. 1, “Didgeridoo Down Under,” 11 a.m. to noon — Participants can listen to the sounds of this aboriginal instrument and be inspired to pursue their own dreams, whatever they may be; Aug. 8, “A Musical Celebration with Uncle Pete” and the Closing Party, 2-3 p.m. — move, sing and have fun as Uncle Pete energizes and entertains.

The programs are sponsored by the Frankford Public Library, the Delaware Division of Libraries, the Institute of Museums and Library Services, the National Endowment of the Arts and the Delaware Division of the Arts.

In addition, elementary school readers are being invited to share thoughts on the books they have recently read and find out what others are enjoying. The first meeting of that program, called CRABS (Children Raving About Books), was scheduled for Thursday, June 28, at 1 p.m. and the meetings are held every other Thursday.

Sherman, the Shorebird’ mascot, will be visiting Frankford Library on Saturday, July 28. Refreshments will be served, and the librarians said, “Don’t forget your camera!”

Finally, on Aug. 15 at 2 p.m., the Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation (DASEF) will present “Around the Coral Reef.” Fisch said the activities to will help children learn about “the fascinating ecosystem, including watching a giant clownfish ‘swim’ in the air, assembling a coral reef puzzle, creating a coral reef and its inhabitants from Shapescape building pieces, coloring some fish and other undersea life, and making a coral reef scene to bring home.”

The Frankford Library is located at 8 Main Street in Frankford. They can be found online at, or for more information call the library at (302) 732-9351.