The 2014 Summer Reading Program at Washington Public Library began this week Tuesday, May 27.

For the next 10 weeks, the library has scheduled a wide range of events for patrons of all ages.

Last year over 1,300 children from toddlers to age 18 participated in the Summer Reading Program.

This year’s children’s theme, “Fizz, Boom, Read!,” is reflected in the summer’s calendar of events, which include Nitro Joe’s Science Show, “The Reptile Experience” by Serengeti Steve, “Mystery Science Theater 3000” movie night, and a “Slime Time” program, to name a few.

A full calendar of events is also planned for adult patrons. Pick up a schedule at the library or visit the library’s website,

First on the Summer Reading Program calendar for the children is a dance party with Pete the Cat Friday, June 6, from 1 to 2 p.m. Children are invited to boogie at the library with the grooviest cat in town.

Patrons are reminded to bring their cameras to capture many photo opportunities. No registration is necessary.

In addition to the special events, story times resume at the library Tuesday, June 3, and continue until July 11. Twenty-three story times are scheduled during the six-week block.

Children ages 3 to 6 will explore picture books, fingerplays, singing and crafting at Preschool Story Time on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. The session repeats Fridays at 10 a.m.

Toddlers under age 3 experiment with story time on Wednesdays at 9 and 10 a.m. No registration is necessary.

Not only does the library offer a full calendar of events during the summer months but an incentive program for readers of all ages takes place. Children ages 8 and below can earn a series of rewards, including a prism, a “Pick-an-Inflatable,” a robot arm, and a “Fizz, Boom, Read!” T-shirt.

Since the library supports early literacy, even pre-readers can earn these rewards by being read to. Tweens ages 9 to 12 can earn a magnetic spin wheel and a magic volcano.

Teens ages 13 to 18 have the opportunity to earn a set of spark rocks and to participate in a series of four raffles to possibly win $20 Target and Cinema 1 Plus gift cards.

Adults reading at least four books will be rewarded a Washington Public Library drinking tumbler. Reading seven books entitles adults to an invitation to a Murder Mystery Night Friday, Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m.

The children’s Summer Reading Program is generously funded by the United Way of Franklin County.