Helena’s summer reading program kicks off June 10

The Jane B. Holmes Public Library in Helena will kick off the Summer Reading Program on Wednesday, June 10, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (File)

The Jane B. Holmes Public Library in Helena will kick off the Summer Reading Program on Wednesday, June 10, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (File)

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

HELENA–School is almost over and many kids and parents are looking forward to days of relaxing by the pool or taking vacations, but members of the Jane B. Holmes Public Library in Helena are here to remind students that the summer is also a great time to keep your reading and comprehension skills sharp for when August rolls back around.

Helena’s Summer Reading Program will kick off on Wednesday, June 10, and the Jane B. Holmes Library has some great things in store for this year’s program.

Library Director Daniel Dearing explained that it is important to keep reading and not get rusty over the summer.

“Reading over the summer is important for everyone,” said Dearing. “It is a great way to relax during the hot, humid weather and it is important to keep your reading skills sharp for when the school year rolls back around. Read, it’s good for you.”

The kick off on June 10 will be at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Helena City Hall featuring the Dr. Magical Balloons show.

“There is some fresh, original entertainment this year with some performers who have never been to Helena,” said Dearing. “This includes our kick off with Dr. Magic Balloons.”

Dearing also said that over the past few years, the program has expanded to include more age groups and fun activities for everyone.

“One great thing about the summer reading program that has evolved over the years is that we do feature a program for all age groups,” said Dearing. “From toddlers to adults, the program has something for everyone.”

This is a free program offered to the public and each Wednesday during the summer will feature something new and fun.

Here is a full list of the scheduled events:

June 17 at 2 p.m. will feature a visit with the fire department.

June 24 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. will feature magician Russell Davis.

July 1 at 2 p.m. will feature a visit with the police department.

July 8 at 2 p.m. will feature a visit from the Shelby County 4-H center.

July 15 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. will feature a visit from the McWane Science Center.

July 22 at 2 p.m. will be the end of summer reading party.

You can also visit Cityofhelena.org for a full list of scheduled events.