Library Summer Reading Program invites community kids on out

Chris Cooper Managing Editor

July 3, 2014

The Logan County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program “Fizz, Pop, Boom” has kicked off and been very successful thus far. The free program began in June and will be lasting through the end of July, with days chalked full with scientific fun.

The 2014 Summer Reading Program theme at libraries across the United States is “science,” and Nashville’s Mr. Bond and The Science Guys are excited for another summer of introducing and making science fun for kids at libraries in South Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama and Tennessee. The program “Fizz, Pop, Boom,” will include tornado simulations, sound effects and optical illusions. It is perfect for kids of all ages. The Science Guy will be at the Logan County Library on Armory Drive on July 22 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Mr. Bond and The Science Guys was started by London, England born Keith Trehy, who came to the United States via a soccer scholarship with the American University in Washington, D.C. There, he earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. Eventually settling in Nashville with a “Mad Science” franchise until 2007, Trehy now has a team of “edutainers,” teachers and entertainers whose mission it is to show kids that science is fun, cool and easy.

Three of the “mad scientists” who will be joining Mr. Bond (Trehy) at various events held around the southern states this summer include Professor Greybeard (John Wicks), Haz-Matt (Matt Simms) and Bionic Bond (Siena Trehy). Wicks is an IT professional who has a minor in theatre and spent time in Japan teaching English as a second language. Haz-Matt (Simms) is a Nashville musician and preschool music teacher with a love of science. Bionic Bond is Trehy’s daughter and a Goucher College sophomore.

The library has been hosting a Summer Reading Program for the past 30 plus years. It’s a time for kids to get together and keep their minds busy, while having fun during the summer break from school.

This year’s program has seen 352 kids participating, which is up from last year. It’s not too late for youngsters to come on out and have some fun. You don’t have to commit to the program everyday, you can drop by on days that suit your schedule.

“The program has been very successful this summer so far,” said Carol Ann Faulkner, who heads up the program. “It is essential for children’s minds to be stimulated year around. This program provides both social and education benefits.”

The program is being held at the library on Armory Drive as well as the Russellville Housing Authority on Hicks Street for those children who cannot make it to the other side of town to come to the library. You can pick up a calendar of events at the library which will give you times and dates of when the program is held. A free lunch is provided each day the program is held.