2019 Summer Reading Program Theme

FORT LEE, Va. - A summer reading program kickoff event is set for June 12, 3 p.m., at the Lee Theater.  It will feature “Rob The Magician” in a show geared toward younger audiences.

Library staffers at the celebration will share information on how the “It’s Showtime at Your Library” program will operate each week. The activity is open to all ages and signup is underway. Individuals who want to participate must visit the library to register. It is located on the 2nd floor of the Army Logistics University, building 12420, 34th Street, across from the IHG lodging facility. Those under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the library.

Reading program enrollees will receive a free T-shirt upon registration along with further instructions on when and how to record the books that have been read using an online account. All participants must log books, as well as the number of pages and minutes read between June 12 and Aug. 2 up until midnight. Only the books, pages and minutes read and recorded between those dates, and logged into the properly registered account, will count toward final awards.

A weekly “It’s Showtime at Your Library” story and craft hour for kids also is set for each Wednesday from June 19 – July 31, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., at Clark Fitness Center on C Avenue. The activity will include stretching exercises, stories and crafts. Children of all ages are welcome. Pre-registration for the story and craft hour is not required.

Adult and teen activities also are planned as part of the reading program, according to library staffers. Patrons can call the facility for further details.

At the end of the program, all participants will receive prizes for reading, noted Linda Flock, the library’s activity director.

“The whole idea of the summer reading program is to encourage literacy among people of all ages and keep school-age children on pace with their cognitive and social development,” she said. “Studies show children who don't read over the summer do not keep pace with their counterparts who continue to read when school is not in session. Also, the summer reading program is a way to engage the entire community in the development of young minds by exposing them to new concepts and ideas.”

The preschool and school-aged summer reading program will conclude with an awards ceremony Aug. 7, 3-4 p.m. at the Lee Theater. Each “It’s Showtime at You Library” participant will receive a reading certificate. Winners of the three age groups (toddler - 5 years old, school age 6-10, 11-17 years old, and 18 and older) will be recognized for most pages read, most books read and most minutes spent reading. 

The team at the Family and FMWR Fort Lee Community Library wishes everyone “Happy Reading.” For more information about library programs, call 804-765-8095 or visit