With summer on its way, the Linton Public Library is gearing up for its summer reading program -- which kicks off May 27.
"Be Creative" is this year's theme for both the children and pre-school programs.
But reading's not the only thing that you can expect to get from the program.
There's an Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra instrument petting zoo, a library lock-in, Marionette puppet show, rock concert, crafts and more lined up for this year's fun.
Becky Deischer, children's assistant librarian, explained, "We're expecting big numbers and the kids seem to really be excited about it."
Sign-ups are from 9: 30 a.m. - 6 p.m. on May 26 at the library and the first 100 kids get a free goody bag, she noted.
"Summer is a lot of fun around here. Some of the children make you laugh and others are very serious about what they are doing," explained Phyllis Franklin, who serves as the children's librarian.
The fun kicks off with a Marionette puppet presentation of the "Wizard of Oz" at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on May 27.
The program also offers great incentives through its reading contest, Franklin added. Program participants can earn prizes, coupons and qualify for a chance to win grand prizes.
"If you read five books you get a chance to win a small prize ... and each additional five (books) you read gives an entry into a (grand prize) drawing," Deischer said, adding pre-schoolers have a reading log with different rules than that of school-aged children.
Some of the grand prizes include the following: Four tickets to Kings Island, two tickets to Holiday World and Splashin' Safari, four passes to Mesker Park Zoo, four tickets to an Indiana Ice hockey and more.
Programs for kindergarten through second-grade students are from 1 - 2:30 p.m. on Mondays beginning on June 1. Programs for third through fifth grade students are from 1 - 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday beginning on June 3.
The program runs from June 1 through July 22.
For more information about the reading program log onto www.lintonpl.lib.in.us .