Children were encased in giant bubbles, much to their delight, during a visit from The Bubble Lady at the Aberdeen Library on July 14. The performance was one of many at the Library this summer. (Courtesy of Harford County Public / July 26, 2012)

Harford County Public Library's Summer Reading Program has been in full swing since June 11 at all 11 branches and more than 15,500 children of all ages have already signed up to spend the summer reading and celebrating this year's theme, Dream Big, READ. There's still time, though to join in on the fun.

Children and teens can continue sign up for the Summer Reading Program at any Library branch. The Read To Me program is for the youngest readers birth through pre-school, and they are encouraged to listen to 25 books; elementary school participants can Dream Big and read 10 books; middle school and high school teens can participate in Own The Night and read three books. Children through elementary school receive a book when they complete the program; middle school students can select a book or journal and high school students will receive a $5 Best Buy gift card when they complete. Incentives are provided while supplies last.

The county library system continues to have visits from special performers throughout the summer with programs and fun geared to people of all ages. Children can meet the creatures of Critter Caravans at one of eight Harford County Public Library branches during Aug. 13-16, be amazed by Magician Mike Rose at one of seven performances Aug. 6-11 or learn about night animals and feathered friends from the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore during August. Visit HCPLonline.org or pick up a Headlines & Happenings newsletter at any branch for more details.

This year's Summer Reading Program sponsors include Har-Co Federal Credit Union, Huether McClelland Foundation, Best Buy, Rosedale Federal Savings and Loan, Berardino Family Trust, Aberdeen Rotary, APG Federal Credit Union, Wegmans, Celebree, Growing Smiles, Darlington Friends of HCPL and The Aegis.


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The Summer Reading Program runs through Aug. 18 and children and teens can sign up at any branch.

Harford County Public Library serves more than 210,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 4.7 million.