School is out and the libraries are busy with their summer reading programs. Each library offers reading fun for all ages. The children's program for ages 11 and under themed "Sail Away with Books" is under way at the Atascocita Branch Library, the Kingwood Branch Library and the Octavia Fields Library. The program is full of pirates, pirates and more pirates. It runs through August 18 this year, since school starts later. Children who read or have read to them 10 books will earn a certificate and a free paperback. Each week will offer children a new adventure, with a celebration and prizes at the end of the summer. “The kids will receive passports to sail away as far as their imaginations will take them,” said Fayth Brady, branch librarian at Octavia Fields. The teen theme for this year is “Read TV.” Teens will enjoy a variety programs ranging from Chess Camp to yoga at the Atascocita Library. Each library will offer its own activities for “Read TV,” with prizes awarded at the conclusion of the programs. Real-life Crime Scene Investigator James Gibson will bring his CSI program to the Kingwood Library on June 20 at 6:30 p.m. On Wednesday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m., teens will have a chance to find out how brave they are by competing in the Fear Factor contest. Each library also offers summer reading activities for adults. To learn more about the programs, visit and click on the appropriate library branch. Aye, matey!

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