Students from Pemetic Elementary School record book reviews for “Thoughts on Books.” PHOTO COURTESY OF SWH PUBLIC LIBRARY

Summer Reading season to kick off

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Summer Reading kick-off party of the Southwest Harbor Public Library will be held on Thursday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m.

The evening will include refreshments, the opportunity to sign up for summer reading programs and an exclusive screening of the film “Thoughts on Books,” a collection of filmed book reviews created by the Pemetic Elementary School third and fourth-grade classes.

The library is proud to continue its three popular summer programs for young people this year: Summer Reading, where children journal about their books and receive prizes; Summer Story Camp, a free, half-day literacy camp for children entering grades 1-5; and Summer Reading Showtime, where young people can sign up to turn their favorite books into short films with the help of the Barn Arts Collective. Interested participants can learn more and sign up for these programs at the party.

One new summer program, Thoughts on Books, will be the center of the evening’s entertainment. Pemetic fourth-graders have been working with their teacher, Robin Sattler, to develop book recommendations for the third graders. The Barn Arts Collective helped coach the kids and filmed their final presentations, which will be screened at the kick-off party.

The books chosen by the fourth graders also will be showcased on a special shelf in the library’s young adult room to serve as recommendations all summer long. The project is funded by a grant from the Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust through the Maine Community Foundation.

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