A watermelon bust, line dancing and a juggling performance by Inky the Clown are among programs featured in July as part of the Summer Reading Program at Meridian/Lauderdale County Public Library.

In addition to improving their reading skills, program participants also have the opportunity to participate in and attend free programs at the library and other downtown venues. According to Sarah Salem, children’s librarian for M/LCP, due to the overwhelming response to this year’s summer reading program, the locations have been changed for some programs and activities.

“On Your Mark, Get Set, READ” is the theme for the 2016 Summer Reading Program at Meridian/Lauderdale County Public Library. According to Salem, participants who complete the reading program will receives prizes and a certificate. Registration has ended to participate.

Beginning July 11, summer reading program participants are asked to turn in their reading records. The last day to turn in reading records is July 16.

The month of activities will kick off Tuesday with a watermelon bust and games day starting at 3:30 p.m. at the downtown Meridian library. Wednesday, the activity “Fitness and Careers” will be available to program participants in grades fifth through 12th. The activity will get under way at 3:30 p.m. at the library. And Thursday, a program titled “All About Soccer” will be available to all ages, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

On July11, the program “What to know to get in college?” will be presented at 10 a.m. at the library. The program is open to summer reading program participants in grades fifth through 12th.

“Line Dancing with Maggie” Magnolia Health will be presented July 12 at 3:30 p.m. at the library. The activity is for program participants in grades second and third. On July 13, a program on online safety will be presented to reading program participants in grades fifth through 12th. The session will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the library.

Inky the Clown will entertain program participants of all ages on July 14, from 3-4 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall of the MSU Riley Center, 2200 Fifth St., in downtown Meridian. Inky’s show includes juggling balls, clubs, rings, axes, fire and a crowd favorite – bowling balls. In addition, Inky performs hilarious magic tricks, balances plates on sticks, creates balloon animals and a few other surprises.

July 19 is “Choose My Plate” game day with Magnolia Health. The program, which is open to program participants in second and third grades, will begin at 10 a.m. at the library. And July 27, Meridian storyteller Anne McKee with close out the month of programs with a presentation at the downtown Meridian library. The program will begin at 3 p.m., and is open to participants from third grade to adult.

Meridian/Lauderdale County Public Library is located at 2517 Seventh St. For information about the library’s other programs, call 601-693-6771 or visit the website www.meridian.lib.ms.us

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