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Paws, claws, scales and tales coming to local libraries this summer

Libraries in Sunnyside, Mabton and Granger are offering educational and fun learning events this summer.

Registration for the 2006 summer reading program begins June 1 in all 19 libraries in the regional system.

The theme for the program is Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales and it is open to pre-schoolers through adults. There will be a variety of activities for all ages throughout the summer, including story times, crafts, games, puppet shows, live reptiles and music from an invisible band.

Pre-schoolers and children who have finished kindergarten through 5th grade will be able to earn book bags, squishy frogs, dog and cat stamps, wristbands and other surprises as they read or listen to someone read at least 20 minutes a day.

Children 12 to 18 will receive wristbands, dog tags, wolf tattoos, posters and other prizes for reading 3, 7, 10 and 15 books in the Creature Feature summer reading program.

Adults can earn a colorful lapel pin and a coffee mug for reading 5 to 10 books this summer.

Registration is free for all summer reading programs.

Summer reading events begin on June 13 with a special event from 10 to 11 a.m. on June 28 at the Sunnyside Library as puppeteer Jason Ropp and his Dragon Puppet Theater will perform "The Pirate and his Pet".

On July 19 Scott Peterson, The Reptile Man, will bring his scaly friends to the Granger Library at 1 p.m.

In Mabton the Carnival of Critters will make an appearance at 3 p.m. on July 20.

For more information about story times and other fun activities contact your local library.

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