The first program of our Summer Reading Program will be on Friday, June 6, at 10:00 am, with “Safari Greg’s Outer Space Adventure!”  The line up for the following Fridays at 10:00 is as follows: June 13-The Mad Scientist, June 20-Kevin Kidd, and June 27-Flumpa. Come by and pick up a free brochure with the programs listed. Kids also receive a free book bag, bookmark, reading log, and Starship Adventure sticker. Door prizes are given each week, and every child who turns in a reading log will receive a prize.

Youth entering 7th grade through the age of 18 may read books to earn entries for some fantastic prizes. Prizes include an I-Pod, $50 cash, and a portable DVD player. Contests runs through June 30.

Since school is out, I would like to go over our policy regarding children/youth and the library. If a child is under 12 years old, he/she must be accompanied by an adult while at the library. Any youth under the age of 16 left at the library must be picked up by closing time.

The policy on computer use is as follows: if a child is not a teenager (under 13), he/she must be accompanied by a parent when using the library’s computers. The parent can also fill out a form giving permission to another adult (such as a babysitter, grandparent, etc.) to be present when the child is using the computer. If a youth is 13 years old but under 18, the parent has three options. The parent must be present when their child uses the computer, appoint someone else who can be present, or sign a form giving the child permission to be on the computer without any adult supervision.

I say all that to say this. We do have filters on our computers, but filters are not 100% effective. Also, email, chat rooms, and other social networking sites are NOT blocked. If you give your child permission to use a computer, they will have access to these sites, and you must accept full responsibility for what they access. The library does not have sufficient staff to monitor your child’s usage of the Internet.

We want kids and youth to use our computers, but we want to protect them from the dangers of the Internet at the same time. We have chosen to do that by installing filters (which are actually mandatory by law-Children’s Internet Protection Act) and requiring parent’s to accept responsibility for their children’s Internet usage. If you have any questions about this, please call the library at 968-3239 and ask for Dinah.