All-day celebration will kick off library's Summer Reading Club


There's going to be a whole lot of dancing, laughing, talking, juggling and more at the Mount Airy branch library Thursday to kick off the Summer Reading Club.

Young patrons are invited to dress as their favorite movie star and visit the local library to sign up for the annual Summer Reading Club. The all-day celebration will feature everything from an Elvis impersonator to a movie premiere. Parents are reminded to bring their cameras to take pictures of their children with the Carroll County public library mascot, Corky the Penguin.

The event begins with free programs that require preregistration as soon as possible. Children ages 3 and older will enjoy the

"Jack and the Beanstalk" puppet shows at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Patrons ages 5 and older will meet a Frederick Keys player during "Baseball Fun" at noon, or Lois Szymanski during "Meet the Author" at 1:30 p.m.

The day will feature activity from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with tap dancing performances by students of the Mount Airy Studio of Dance; face painting, mimes, jugglers and a clown.

The parking lot outside the library will be the site of a fire truck visit by the Mount Airy Fire Department. The festivities conclude with a children's movie at 7 p.m.

The celebration has been planned by Mount Airy's Children's Information Staff -- Maria Toomey, Karen Boggs, and Dottie Hash.

Ms. Boggs explained that the Summer Reading Committee of the Carroll County Public Library decided on the systemwide theme, "Be A Reading Star," for the incentive program. But the branches have planned their own kick-off activities.

The purpose of the reading incentive program is to keep children reading during the summer, she said.

Summer readers will be rewarded for their efforts with coupons, prizes, free admission passes to the Baltimore Zoo, and discounted admission passes to Adventure World in Landover. A grand finale will be held for all reading club members Aug. 12 at Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster.

In Mount Airy, 50 student volunteers will promote the club, enroll new members, and give prizes to participants for 10 days of reading.

Visit the Mount Airy branch library at 705 Ridge Ave. or any branch to get a summer schedule of activities and opportunities. For more information or to register for programs, call (301) 829-5290 or (410) 795-1010.


Mount Airy Fire Department's next community visit will be Saturday at the Foodrite Groceteria parking lot on South Main Street.

Volunteers will conduct child-oriented fire prevention talks and give people the opportunity to examine fire equipment. VTC Child-sized firefighters' hats and coloring books will be distributed, as well as fire prevention literature for adults. Free blood pressure screenings also will be available.

Information: (301) 829-0100.


St. James Episcopal Church at 204 N. Main St. will sponsor Mount Airy's annual Summer Blood Drive from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Chairman Janice Wolcott says a critical shortage of blood warrants community attention. Call the church at (301) 829-0325 to schedule an appointment. Drop-in donors also are welcome.


Mount Airy Farmers' Market will open at 5 p.m. Tuesday on the upper level, Main Street parking lot adjacent to the Farmers and Mechanics National Bank at North Main Street and Prospect Road.

The once-a-week markets will continue at the same location Tuesdays through November from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. "We've got a total of 12 vendors," said organizer Darryl Becker.

Fresh produce, herbs, freshly cut flowers, jams, jellies and more will be featured at the weekly events, according to Mr. Becker.

C7 For information, call Mr. Becker at (301) 865-0139.

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