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No more pencils ...

But libraries hope reading is part of children's summertime plans

Burgess Elementary School students celebrate the last day of school Monday as they wave goodbye to their teachers after boarding the bus. S. (click for larger version)

The other-worldly alien garden in the Joshua Hyde Library, inspired by the children’s book “Hedgie Blasts Off” by Jan Brett, is home to plants like Flying Saucer Morning Glory and Voodoo Stone Crop. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
June 24, 2009
It took the 1980s band Starship to build a city on rock and roll, and this summer, it's going to take Starship Adventures to encourage youngsters to read.

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners gave the green light for launch this summer to libraries across the commonwealth for summer reading adventures.

At the Jacob Edwards Library in Southbridge, children as young as infants can sign up for outer space adventures aimed at making reading an exciting exploration for everyone.

"We're just trying to make reading a part of everyone's life," said Southbridge library Director Margaret Morrissey, of the programs geared towards all ages coming up this summer.

Karla Gartsu, Children's Librarian at Jacob Edwards, said there will be a number of space-themed programs for youngsters in the coming months, including a presentation from the Aldrich Astronomical Society, a Magic Planets puppet show and an evening with the Robot Man Mime.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

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