‘Read Around the Block’ launches summer at library

MADISON – Madison Public Library will launch summertime activities during the annual “Read Around the Block” party, this year on May 20 from 8 to 11 a.m.

For 2017, library staff has expanded activities. “Children of all ages won’t want to miss fun runs and relay races, big trucks, birthday cake, animals, crafts, and, of course, sign up for summer reading,” Director of Public Relations Laura McPhail said.

“We have representatives from St. John the Baptist Catholic School and Madison City Schools on board to expand available information and offerings,” Youth Services Librarian Maggie Allen said. “School librarians and PTAs will host activities, like bubbles and sidewalk chalk, crafts for painting reading rocks and bead bookmarks and presentations from drama clubs and literary characters.”

“With school systems’ support, we’re at the beginning stages of planning for a kids’ literature festival,” Allen said. With the advent of the larger, new library, the staff hopes to host authors and musicians year-round, especially at the 2018 summer kickoff.

Opening the event, fun runs and relay races will be open for strollers, toddlers, pre-kindergarten, elementary-age groups, teenagers and parents. “The runs will be contained in the library’s front parking lot so families can enjoy all festivities,” Allen said.

At the party, children can explore ‘monster’ vehicles, like a firetruck, dump truck, police car, tractor, HEMSI vehicle and trash truck. Animal Architects will bring exotic creatures, skilled at building for survival.

To celebrate Madison library’s 20th anniversary, guests can enjoy a slice of birthday cake and join in singing “Happy Birthday.”

“We’re hoping Discovery and Liberty middle schools will host some activities highlighting the eclipse that will happen this summer,” Allen said. “Plus, we’ll have face painting, balloon animals, games and more.”

The summer schedule includes “Science with Hudson Alpha” on June 8 at 4 p.m., “Child Safety” with Alexander’s Martial Arts on June 29 at 4 p.m. and “Keep it Wild!” on July 20 at 4 p.m.

In addition, youth can join the Alabama 4-H Science School for an exciting, interactive educational program with their cast of kid-friendly animals. “Discover how animals play an important role in making our world a better place,” Allen said.

Read Around the Block is free. For more information, email LeAnna Whitaker at lwhitaker@hmcpl.org.

Harvest

TARCOG lands $1.5-million grant from EPA for cleanup

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Mental Skills Coach Assists Team To National Championship Game- Roger Kitchen Builds Character

Bob Jones High School

Journey welcomes Ben Smith as Assistant Principal, Athletic Director

Madison

Chandrakasem, Koswoski excel in DAR essay contests

Harvest

American Legion, VFW to retire flags on Flag Day

Madison

Stundtner proves skills as Midtown’s ‘Staff Member of the Year’

James Clemens High School

Guo, Mysore, Saha dominate awards at regional, state science fairs

Harvest

Madison Hospital names Brandon Jones ‘Employee of the Year’

Bob Jones High School

MCS to present ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid’ sessions

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – June 12, 2024

Events

Annual Juneteenth Festival returns to Big Spring Park Saturday

Bob Jones High School

Braden Booth Named Mr. Baseball, Super All-State, Class 7A All-State

Harvest

Low-key races (on foot and couch) pivotal for Rotary’s ‘Parrots 0.5K’

Bob Jones High School

Mill Creek names Deberry as outstanding staff employee

Bob Jones High School

Madison Public Library readies for Summer Reading experience

James Clemens High School

Moore honored as ‘Staff Member of the Year’ at James Clemens

Harvest

Madison City Community Orchestra to honor D-Day’s 80th anniversary

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – June 5, 2024

Madison

Rotary Club awards city employees Hall, Overman and Watson

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Carlos Mathews Named Athlete Of The Year

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Cotton Row Run’s 44th Running A Huge Success With Madison Runners

Madison

Zoological Society proposes 3% electric tax on Limestone to start building zoo

Madison

Hayley Davidson earns ‘Teacher of the Year’ at Mill Creek

Events

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience opens today in Huntsville

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience opens today in Huntsville

x