‘Fizz, boom, read!’

Amber Gillenwater

June 24, 2014

GALLIPOLIS — The summer reading program is in full swing at Bossard Memorial Library and, during a special program held on Tuesday, both children and their parents got to chance to tap into their inner “mad scientist.”

This year’s kids’ summer reading program mixes reading and science and officially kicked off during a special COSI science event held at the Ariel Theatre earlier this month.

On Tuesday, the first “fizz, boom, read” program allowed kids, age 2-12, to make their own slime, balloon rockets, tin foil boats and perform various other experiments at “stations” throughout the library. Parents and children were even encouraged to don their lab coats and get their photos taken.

In addition, a special reading of “Bartholomew and the Oobleck” by Dr. Seuss was performed by Bossard staff. Following this, kids were encouraged to make their own “Oobleck” slime from Borax laundry booster and Elmer’s glue.

The first teen “spark a reaction” summer reading program will be held this Thursday beginning at 2 p.m. at the library for teens age 13-18.

The staff at Bossard will take a break from the summer reading programs next week due to the River Recreation Festival. New programs will be held at the library beginning at 2 p.m. July 8.

In the meantime, kids and teens are encouraged to continue spending time with books as they work on earning prizes for achieving various reading goals this summer.

Participants will have until Aug. 31 to track the number of books they have read while attending weekly fun and educational programs at the library.

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