Summer reading program registration underway soon

Beth Kendrick, Double Springs librarian, shows the poster for this year’s summer reading program theme, “Alabama Has a Universe of Stories.” It was designed by Logan Tanner.

WINSTON COUNTY - Summer is on its way, which means it is time for students to get out of school, pool parties, fun in the sun and summer reading programs at the three Carl Elliott Regional libraries in Winston County: Haleyville, Double Springs and Arley.
The theme this year is “Alabama Has a Universe of Stories,” and coincides with the Alabama 200 Bicentennial celebration.
This year, the Double Springs programs will be on Tuesdays, Arley on Wednesdays and Haleyville on Thursdays.
Registration will begin Monday, May 20, and will be open until the first day of the program for Haleyville and Arley. The closing date to sign up in Double Springs is Friday, May 31.
Schedules for this summer are as follows:

Double Springs (all programs will begin at 10 a.m. unless indicated):
•June 11: “Aunt Jenny Johnston” with Carla Waldrep;
•June 18: Didgeridoo Down Under;
•June 25, 11 a.m.: “The Weather Man” with James Spann;
•July 9: “Animal Tales;”
•July 16: Gene Cordova and
•July 23: Gutsy the Flying Fox.

Arley (all programs will begin at 1 p.m.):
•June 12: McWane Science Center;
•June 19: “Alabama Animals” with Camp McDowell;
•June 26: Field trip to the Arley Pottery Studio;
•July 3: “Space Buddies” (movie day);
•July 10: Alabama Heroes and
•July 17: Birthday party at Hamner Park.

Haleyville (all programs will begin at 10 a.m.):
•June 13: “Magic City Legos” with Peter Bradberry;
•June 20: “The Snake Man” with David Kelley;

•June 27: Wild West Show;
•July 11: “Alabama Animals” with Camp McDowell;
•July 18: “The Magic Guy” with Skip Cain and
•July 25: “The Weather Man” with James Spann.

The artwork this year was designed by Morgan County native Logan Tanner, now of Huntsville. He began learning pixel art when he was 15 before moving to Mobile and learning to paint. He graduated from the University of Montevallo in 2012, where he studied painting and printmaking. Logan currently works out of his studio at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment in Huntsville, where he has several murals. He shares the studio with wife and potter Sara Bowen, with whom he collaborates to create face jugs. Logan's other interests include history and native carnivorous plants, which he visits in their native habitats and cultivates at home.
To see more of Logan’s artwork, visit
“I am very excited to celebrate Alabama's Bicentennial through the summer library program,” Carl Waldrep, librarian at Haleyville, said. “The children will have the opportunity to learn some awesome and amazing things about our great state and have fun doing it.  The SRP is an excellent way for children to learn to love books and reading. They can enjoy an outing/field trip to the library, pick out their own books and read at them at their own pace.”
Summer reading programs are designed for children ages 5 - 12 and are a fun way to spend part of their summer.


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