Oakland Public Library recently announced its 2018 Summer Reading Program. The program is designed to encourage children to keep reading during the summer vacation. Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of the summer reading program.

Libraries Rock! is this summer’s theme. The five-week program will kick off with a musical program by Judy Pancoast at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 13, in the children’s room at the library,

Pancoast has performed at the library many times, she is a Grammy Award nominee for “Best Musical Album for Children,” provides an interaction between her performance and her audience.

All following programs will begin at 10:30 a.m.

• July 20, Bug Invasion!, with the Chewonki Foundation: The Bugmobile from the foundation will use models, costumes and live specimens as they explain the characteristics of the four major groups of arthropods. Live “bugs” will display their fascinating adaptations.

• July 27, Animal talk with Gene Roy: The sounds of nature will explore why animals communicate by sound, featuring recorded calls of mammals, birds, amphibians, insects and reptiles. Participants can be instructed in making their own calls.

• Aug. 3, Everyone is a musician!, with Peter Godfrey: Participants can make their own musical instruments, learn about pitch, frequency, tempo, rhythm and volume. Those who attend can make their own instruments.

• Aug. 10, Celebration Party!, with Sarah and Gene Roy: The end of the season party will feature music, games, refreshments and book giveaways. Participants can perform on the instruments they made the previous week.

For more information, contact Sarah P. Roy, head librarian, at 465-7533, [email protected] or visit oaklandpubliclibrarymaine.org.

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