Southington Library launches summer reading program

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SOUTHINGTON — The library launched its summer reading program this week and brought back some in-person events. 

“It’s really exciting for us,” said Molly Virello, head of children’s services, on Thursday. “It’s sort of back to normal. We have a mix of in-person, hired performers and digital kits. Some options for everybody.”

The summer reading program started on Monday and encompasses the children’s, teen and adult sections of the library. There are weekly prize drawings and activities for children. 

Virello said for the children’s side of the program, they like to encourage the kids to pick out things they would like to read. The library has school lists and the governor’s reading challenge information on hand as well, she said. The program never stopped during the pandemic, but it did shift online with take-away kits, Virello said. This year they brought back performers, including Circle K animals, a hula hoop program, magic acts and story time at the local farmers’ market. 

Virello said they are excited to see new families coming in and to see some of the children they haven’t seen in a few years. She said everyone has been very positive about the program and a lot of people have signed up and registered for events. 

The program includes activities for teens and adults, said Nicole Kent, the teen and adult reference librarian. Teens and adults can enter weekly prize drawings when they check out books, magazines or audio books. The adult prizes include gift cards to places like Stop & Shop or Smokin’ with Chris. Teens can win gift cards to Amazon or tickets to Lake Compounce or Mount Southington, Kent said. 

“We’ve definitely seen an increase in the people coming in and checking out items,” Kent said about the activity level this week. 

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