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"Oceans of Possibilities" This Summer at the Library


Readers of all ages can explore all things aquatic this summer as Mary Cotton Public Library presents “Oceans of Possibilities” during our summer library programming. The program runs May 19 - August 12. Summer Reading is a great way to keep kids engaged, maintain skills over the summer, and encourage learning and growth through reading and new experiences. It's FREE for kids of all ages to participate!


Readers are divided into three age groups (0-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, and 6th-12th grade). Each age has three different goal levels to inspire reading all summer long. For each level completed (by reading and logging the specified number of books), a prize can be earned! Anyone who completes the Level 3 goal will also be entered to win a grand prize. Be sure to get a paper log for your age group when registering. Once you’ve completed a level, bring your log into the library to choose a prize!

Special thanks to the Friends of the Mary Cotton Public Library and their Summer Reading Prize Committee for managing and sponsoring the age-based prizes for this program!


Mark your calendars, there’s a full schedule of fun this summer! Our regular programming will run through the month of June.

Storytime: Tuesdays at 10:00 AM • Aquatic stories and fun! Geared to pre-K, all ages welcome.

Picnic in the Park: Wednesdays at 11:30 AM • Bring your lunch and enjoy a special themed program! (Note: Kick-off event with Aaron Fowler on June 1 starts at 12:30PM)

Explore and Crafting: Thursdays at 1:30PM • Learn about and explore elements of the ocean and then create a corresponding craft! Limited spots available, registration required (online or at the library). Designed for elementary students who just completed 2nd grade and up. Parent/guardian preferred.


Summer Reading Kick-off in the Park: Wednesday, June 1 at 12:30PM, featuring author and entertainer, Aaron Fowler, and his dogs, Bella and Choco. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mary Cotton Public Library.

Book vs. Movie: A special challenge for upper elementary through middle school readers. Read a book from the list and you’re invited to the corresponding movie party at the library! Movie nights will be held in the month of July, specific dates/times to be determined. Check out the book list and stay tuned for details.


Registration for “Oceans of Possibilities” opens Thursday, May 19. Free and open to kids ages 0-18, you can sign up online or in-person at the library (915 Virginia St.).

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All programs are free of charge.

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