Summer escapes in pages of a book

Summer reading programs at Lancaster County libraries launch Saturday.

The summer reading programs launch at Lancaster libraries around the county Saturday with a few activities.

Even if you miss the festivities Saturday, libraries have programs scheduled throughout the summer, many connected to the superheroes theme. For example, Lancaster Public Library has a superhero movie marathon July 16 from 10:10 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. and a superhero obstacle course July 22. The library’s Mountville branch will have Hero Fridays with visits from a police officer, a firefighter, a paramedic and a Marine. Several libraries will offer puppet shows and Steven Courtney concerts as well as visits from Curious George, Jesse the Reptile Guy and Ryan the Bug Man.

Summer reading isn’t just for kids. Adults can share reviews and try for a chance at prizes, too. Younger kids who don’t yet read can also participate by listening to books and doing early literacy activities.

Reading logs are available at local libraries.

Here’s more about Saturday’s start-up festivities:

Adamstown Area Library, 3000 N. Reading Road, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food, crafts, face painting and a visit to the adjacent Adamstown Fire Company.

Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Live music by The Dancing Bears, a visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog and other children’s activities.

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