Selbyville library’s summer reading, free lunch program set to begin

The Selbyville Public Library is set to launch their annual Summer Reading Program on June 1 and will start serving free lunches on June 10. The programs, aimed at helping to bridge the summer learning gap, and provide convenience and ease to parents visiting the library, are both part of Selbyville Public Library’s mission to be a community cornerstone, and are brought to the public in part by a grant from NRG Energy, which has funded half of the program’s yearly operating budget.

This year’s Summer Reading Program is going to be “out of this world,” according to Library Director Kelly Kline, as it boasts the theme, “A Universe of Stories!” Kline and her staff have prepared myriad activities that center around the outer space and storytelling theme, and of course, reading.

“The Summer Reading Program is a lot of fun partly because of its theme, but also because it incentivizes reading for people of all ages,” Kline explained.

It isn’t exclusive to children, either, as both adults and kids can read to earn prizes, as well as chances to win one of the four Kindle devices up for grabs. To complete the challenge, readers must log at least 10 hours of reading time, which can be tracked on the Beanstack App, or by visiting selbyvillelibrary.beanstack.org. Those who prefer to track with a paper log can also register in person at the Selbyville Library beginning on June 1.

Once they’re all signed up, they can start reading and logging, and then pop in for one of the two kick-off parties at the library in June. For adults, Sandie Gerken, author of “Storied Sussex,” will be on hand June 6 at 6 p.m. for an evening of Sussex County folklore, complete with refreshments.

Then, on June 12 at 5 p.m., the kids’ kick-off party welcomes Ran’D Shine, in a magical act designed to be fun for the whole family. A free book giveaway for all the kids who sign up for summer reading, as well as refreshments and activities, will also be happening that evening.

Library visitors can check the calendar for outer space and storytelling themed activities throughout the summer months. And while they’re in the library, kids can stick around for the free lunches.

“Monday through Friday we are offering a free lunch for people ages 18 and under. We build our programs around this, so if families are in the library doing any fun summer-reading centered activity, they can stay for lunch as well,” said Kline.

Prizes in the summer reading program range from VIP treatment at the Freeman Stage to the Mobile Gaming Truck from Anchors Aweigh to Kindles. For more information, visit www.selbyvillelibrary.org or stop in at the library.