Details of Summer Reading Games Announced
The ever-popular Massanutten WaterPark, Free Fridays, and for the first-time, a free hot air balloon ride for one lucky reader and an accompanying adult, will highlight the Summer Reading Games at Massanutten Regional Library June 3-August 3.
“Everyone looks forward to attending Massanutten WaterPark, and Massanutten Regional Library is so fortunate to have this tourism industry attraction supporting public libraries and donating free admission tickets. This is a great opportunity to kick off the Summer Reading Games,” says Jon Hilbert, MRL Summer Reading Games Coordinator.
Massanutten WaterPark will again kick-off its Summer Reading Games by offering tickets to those children who register for the program during the first two weeks. The WaterPark tickets will be good for one free twilight admission for children ages 3-17 (0-2 are always free) from 5 to 10 pm during the week of June 9-13. The WaterPark does emphasize that the outside park closes at 7 pm, so families will want to utilize their admission time appropriately. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at the WaterPark, and children under 5 must have an adult within arm’s reach. Outside food and drink are not allowed.
Registration for the reading games begins June 3 with registration at any of the seven locations for Massanutten Regional Library. Upon registration, participating children, 0-17 years of age, will receive WaterPark tickets and a Free Friday wristbands. When registering, each child will receive a gameboard and instructions on how to win prizes for reading.
Local businesses also have contributed to the library system’s Free Fridays program. The Harrisonburg Turks, Luray Zoo, Valley Lanes, Luray Caverns, Funky’s Skate Center, Shenandoah National Park, and Ryan’s Orchard are returning to the line-up to offer free admission to summer readers. Flying Rabbit Sporting Clays will again be an option for teens, ages 12-17. New to Free Fridays this year is Mulligan’s Golf Center, which is offering a free round of miniature golf on Friday, July 26. The Free Friday wristband serves as the admission ticket to the Free Friday businesses on the designated date.
For the first time, Dr. Robert E. Detrich, DDS, a licensed and insured commercial pilot, is offering a free balloon ride to one lucky reader from each age group, 0-11 and 12-17, and an accompanying adult. Details for entering are available at any of the seven MRL locations or on the website.
Other activities for Summer Reading Games include the Harrisonburg Turks Baseball Team reading stories at the Main Library on Tuesday, June 18, 10 am, and Chick-fil-A Cow visiting all MRL locations during children’s storytimes. These dates and times are outlined in the Summer Reading Games brochure or online.
Also check the brochure for regular storytimes and K-5 Stuff including Summer Crafty Kids at each MRL branch. Don’t miss the popular Lego Club offered at a number of locations on various days and the Dogs 2 Read 2 program at the Main and North River Libraries. Check the library website for more details.
For the teens, author Jodi Meadows will visit all seven branches of Massanutten Regional Library and speak about her writing and published books. A young adult and science fiction/fantasy writer, Meadows lives in the Shenandoah Valley and has published two titles, Asunder and Incarnate. Limited free copies of her book will be available to guests at the presentation.
Meadows will begin her MRL tour at Elkton Community Library on Friday, June 14, 1 pm, and continue to Page Public Library on Monday, June 17, 2 pm. The young author will journey to Broadway’s Village Library on Tuesday, June 18, 2 pm, and North River Library in Bridgewater on Wednesday, June 19, 5:30 pm. Meadows will speak to Shenandoah Community Library teens on Thursday, June 20, 2 pm, and discuss fantasy writing at Main Library on Saturday, June 22, 2 pm, and finish her speaking engagements at Grottoes Branch Library on Tuesday, June 25, 4 pm.
Also scheduled for the teen group is an organized Teen Lock-In at the Main Library on Friday, July 19, 6-9 pm. Teens are asked to register for this event by calling Jon at 540-434-4475, ext. 107 or by using our Contact Form. Activities include pizza, crafts, and movies.