Courierarea libraries are <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->providing several reading programs and activities for young people this summer. Katie Royce, 11, reads the back of a book before checking it and a handful of other books out from the Jefferson County Public Library Madison Branch on Wednesday. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Courierarea libraries are

providing several reading programs and activities for young people this summer. Katie Royce, 11, reads the back of a book before checking it and a handful of other books out from the Jefferson County Public Library Madison Branch on Wednesday. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
School may be out, but area libraries have ways to keep kids and teens interested in reading and sharp on their science skills this summer.

Area libraries are kicking off their summer reading programs - Fizz, Boom, Read and Spark A Reaction - which will include children and young adult activities involving readings, animals and hands-on science experiments.

Jefferson County's program started Monday and runs until July 26. The reading program features several reoccurring events for both children and teenagers, such as Mother Goose, special-theme readings, mad labs and a visit from the Hope Hills Farm and Petting Zoo.

Fizz, Boom, Read activities are aimed at children while Spark A Reaction is for young adults.

During the Jefferson County program, participants keep a log of their books. Children record the number of books while teenagers log their reading hours. Readers who hit their goal are eligible for prizes at the end of the program.

Shonica Hartless, who coordinates the young adult programs for the Jefferson County Public Library, said Jefferson County sees several hundred children each year for its reading program. Participation has grown significantly in the past few years as well, she said.

"I have twice as many kids that participate now than I did three years," she said.

Between the Hanover and Madison locations, the libraries will host events for young readers almost every day.

"There is a misconception that there is nothing for teenagers in this county to do, but there is always something at the library," Hartless said.

Monday is the official kick off for the Hanover branch's reading program. Parents and children can sign up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and participate in a craft, enjoy a snack and play games.

Other programs include:

• Trimble County Public Library will kick off its summer reading program Monday. Children can sign up 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The same week, June 12, the library will host MarkerFaire in which children can participate in hands-on science stations presented by the Kentucky Science Center. The program is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m.

View the library's daily events at: www1.youseemore.com/trimble/default.asp.

• Carroll County Public Library will launch its summer reading sign-up next week and then host programs for ages 2-11 in June and July. Some of the programs will include a sailboat craft on June 14 at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a chance for children to build their own robot June 13 at 3 p.m.

The library also will host story times and science experiments during the two-month program. Participants are to turn in their summer reading log-in books at the library by the end of day July 28.

View the library's daily calendar at http://www.carrollcountylibrary.org.

• Switzerland County Public Library begins its summer reading program Saturday and runs until July 19. The program includes special story times, crime-scene forensics and enviroscape program, and recycling. The calendar can be found at http://scpl.us/news/fizz-boom-read