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One World, Many Stories

A Summer Reading Club for Kids and Teens
By Lewis Stockham

Summer is here. The kids and teenagers are out of school. If you’re a parent, you’re looking for enjoyable and interesting things for them to do. No doubt, they are also looking for exciting and pleasurable things to do. The public library has begun its Summer Reading Program. An enriching event for kids and teens alike, participants will enjoy games, prizes and a variety of programs going on at all the branches within the West Florida Public Library system.

Sign up for Summer Reading started June 6 and goes until July 17. The name of the program this year is One World, Many Stories. In other words, the theme is travel.  Indeed, the world is full of stories about travel and adventure. Children of all ages can sign up for the games. The programs are age specific.

“Summer Reading Club is a staple of Youth Services provided by libraries across the country,” Rachel Wallace, the head of the Youth Services department at the main branch, explained. The great thing is this summer reading program encourages kids to read daily, but also encourages them to enjoy reading.

After signing up, there are five ways for kids to participate: Play the One World, Many Stories reading game and win prizes; track their Reading Days and travel their way to the treasure chest; Attend the multitude of programs going on at all the branches; watch on the library’s website for book talks, teen programs, family story times, teen movies, READ dogs, Wii, Make and Take and the Mystery Book this summer; and become a teen volunteer.

The game is for individual children and their families. Large groups are asked to contact the library for tours and a copy of the game. At the time of sign up, the kids begin the game. All books count, not just library books, and the game can include all types of books, not just ones with a travel theme. Reading newspapers, computers (no games though), and personal books count as well. If two children read something together it counts. What’s unique is it lets the child know what to read or how to read. For instance, the game may tell the kid to read while wearing a hat. The game can be played during the libraries normal business hours. At the conclusion of the game the child is given a prize bag.

“Our goal is for children to read for pleasure and attend programs that will be remembered for their delight in the summer months,” Wallace said. The various events, shows and programs going on will take place at all the branches of the West Florida Public Library System, and kids can sign up at all the branches. To get contact information about specific branches go to the library system’s website,

Main Library-West Florida Public Library
200 W. Gregory St.
2-7 p.m. Sunday
9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Westside Branch Library
1580 W. Cervantes St.
Closed Sunday
9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Lucia M. Tryon Branch
1200 Langley Ave.
Closed Sunday
9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Southwest Branch Library
12248 Gulf Beach Highway
Closed Sunday
9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Century Branch Library
7991 N. Century Blvd.
Century, Florida 32535
(850) 256-6217
Closed Sunday-Monday
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday
Noon-8 p.m. Thursday
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday