Forsyth County library’s reading program surpasses records

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — If it looks like the Forsyth County Public Libraries are busy, well you’re right.

As of June 18, more than 4,500 children, teens and adults registered to participate in Summer Reading Fun, which puts the library on track to exceed the total number of registrants from last summer.

In 2013, FCPL had a total of 4,604 patrons participate in Summer Reading Fun.

This year, the library is on target to increase the registration total by at least 20 percent.

This year, youth services library staff did a number of outreach to the community in April and May to promote summer reading, visiting various schools and community groups. As a result, the library is experiencing the busiest summer yet.

The excitement began in early June with the library’s Summer Kickoff Carnivals.

Each of the four branches hosted a carnival that included jugglers, acrobats, puppet shows, crafts, science experiments and a balloon artist.

About 2,500 patrons attended the carnivals, which entertained and helped promote the summer reading program.

Each branch offers programs for all ages. In addition to regular story times and special programs for children and teens, a host of performers continue to visit the branches.

Storytellers, magicians, puppeteers and scientists have visited the library, all drawing in record audiences.

And in July, additional performers will continue to entertain.

July 31 marks the last day of summer reading registration and Aug. 2 is the last day to visit the library to redeem prizes.

Children and teens who reach their summer reading goals will receive a free paperback book, which has been donated by the FCPL Friends and Advocates.

Each branch will also raffle off grand prizes.

Two children per branch will win a science kit and one teen per branch will win a $25 iTunes gift card.

Adults who participate in summer reading are also entered to win one of four $25 Amazon gift cards.

As summer programs wrap up at the end of July, the library will celebrate with finale programs featuring magician Ken Scott as well as ice cream parties at each of the branches.

Scott, voted Greater Atlanta Entertainer of the Year, will bring magic and comedy to all four branches on July 28 and July 29.

The ice cream parties will be held on July 30 and July 31, and each child who meets his or her reading goal is invited to attend.

Additional information about the summer reading program and a calendar of events may be found on the library’s website, HYPERLINK "http://www.forsythpl.org" www.forsythpl.org.

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