School will soon be out for summer, and students now have a mystery to solve.
The Stephenville and Dublin public libraries want children to get a clue about the importance of reading through mystery-themed activities and sessions hosted throughout the summer.
Both libraries have planned exciting mysteries for private-eyes to solve using books, the Internet and other library resources.
Librarians say the annual program encourages youth to read for pleasure and promotes literacy while students are not in school.
"Reading is fun," said Mary Meredith, librarian of Stephenville Public Library. "We want to help children understand the importance of reading and how the library works. Kids always love taking part in the summer program because of the fun events we have all summer long and this summer we have a fun case to crack."
The libraries will host special events and story times with guests from the community.
Dublin participants who keep reading logs are entered into weekly drawings for prizes, including an Amazon Kindle and iPod Touch. Readers at the Stephenville library receive bags loaded with special treats.
Young gumshoes can take a break from mystery solving as Kelly the Clown, Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Ambassador of Laughter, takes over the library.
Kelly the Clown will liven up the Stephenville library at 2 p.m. Friday, June 8, and visit Dublin's library the same day at 4 p.m. Kelly is kicking off "Reading with Ringling Bros." and kids can earn a free circus ticket by reading five books this summer.
The Texas Summer Reading Program is free and sessions are held in June and July. Stephenville invites all children kindergarten through twelfth grade. Calendars and reading logs are available at the library and at stephenvilletpubliclibrary.org.
Dublin's program runs June 15-July 28 with pre-school and elementary students attending sessions from 10:30 a.m. to noon each Saturday, and teens at 4 p.m. every Friday.