Quilt of many colors helps Towson Library promote summer reading club

A quilt that features T-shirts from the last two decades of the Baltimore County Public Library Summer Reading Club was hung in the Towson Library in advance of this year's edition of the club, which begins June 11.

The quilt, which was created by JoAnn Stelmack, a media specialist at Chesapeake High School, was commissioned by the Friends of the Towson Library. It includes sections of the official shirt from 20 summer reading programs, and is being used to promote this year's club.

This year, the overall Summer Reading Club program across all of Baltimore County is aiming to top last year's total of 45,971 registrants — which was a nearly 30 percent increase over 2010.

The theme for middle and high school-aged participants is "Own the Night," while younger children can participate in a program themed, "Dream Big: Read!"

According to a BCPL release, the club aims to prevent summer reading loss, which can occur when students don't read and maintain the skills they learned in school during the summer.

As children complete the game board provided upon registration, the younger participants can earn prizes such glow-in-the-dark glasses and toys, while older participants can win an iPod touch, iPod shuffle, a Kindle Fire, a Hunger Games book bundle, gift cards, and mystery prizes.

To sign up, visit a local Baltimore County Public Library branch or register online at http://www.bcpl.info/summerreading.

The Towson Branch (410-887-6166) is located at 320 York Road, Towson. Hours are: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

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