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CUMBERLAND â€” The Summer Reading Program held at the public library got off to a great start on Thursday, June 27, when a â€śMad Scientistâ€ť amazed an audience of children with her presentation on the Earthâ€™s composition and the scientific method.
â€śCyclone Cindyâ€ť Brunelle captured the childrenâ€™s attention with demonstrations of geysers, volcanoes, inertia, and much more.
The young scientists even got to take home small rocks and minerals as tokens of their experiences.
The Childrenâ€™s Room in the library has been transformed into a backyard garden, and children have been given booklets of seeds to further their knowledge of earth science and positive involvement in the environment.
This event prompted more than 200 children to enroll in the 2013 Summer Reading Program, and the library expects at least an additional 100 to sign up this summer. The first book reading of the season will be held on July 1.
An array of themed events will also take place at the library for the children to enjoy, including an â€śAnimal World Experienceâ€ť and Bingo Day. The children and their families are also encouraged to participate in the book readings at Franklin Farm, a volunteer garden club in Cumberland, and learn about the many benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. The Cumberland Libraryâ€™s summer program, â€śDig Into READING!â€ť is part of a statewide initiative to promote reading and education among children while school is out of session.
This program is supported by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services, with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Pawtucket Red Sox, Citizens Bank, and Pepsi. Rhode Island Childrenâ€™s and Young Adult Librarians and the Friends of the Cumberland Public Library are also local supporters of the summer program. Children ages 4-12 are welcome to enroll. Contact the Childrenâ€™s Room at the Cumberland Public Library at 401-333-2552, ext. 3, for more information.