Library kicks off summer reading

Max Vazquez, 9, who will be a fourth-grader at Jody Richards Elementary School, runs an obstacle course Thursday, June 8, 2017, during Warren County Public Library's Summer Reading kickoff at Bowling Green High School. (Bac Totrong/

The Warren County Public Library will host its annual summer celebration from 10 a.m. to noon June 6 at the National Corvette Museum.

This year, libraries across the nation are celebrating space during the 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the moon. In addition to several dozen vendors at the Bowling Green event offering child-friendly activities, such as kindergarten readiness, a “backyard boot camp” obstacle course and soccer drills, there will be space-related crafts and activities, such as “space jam” karaoke.

The library will also offer the first 1,000 visitors free T-shirts that can be tie-dyed in a galaxy pattern.

Rob Hankins, the library’s communications coordinator, looks forward to this year’s new addition from Norton Hospital: personal tours of a medical ambulance and a helicopter.

In the evening, former NASA astronaut Story Musgrave will speak about his experiences in space at 6 p.m. at the Sloan Convention Center.

“We were determined to get an astronaut,” Hankins said.

As with any speaker event, the library wants people to register in advance to prepare the appropriate amount of seating.

The Warren County library has offered the summer celebration for more than three decades. Each year, about 3,000 residents participate in the festivities.

“This has really become a tradition for families,” Hankins said. “It’s kind of like a carnival-like atmosphere.”

This summer, the library will offer a variety of space-themed events.

In June, Mr. Bond’s Science Guys will teach kids a little astronomy, the Nashville Zoo will present on animal constellations and a traveling circus group will perform “down to earth” aerial tricks. The full listing is available on

Registration for the summer reading program will be available at the summer celebration. Pre-registration is available online.

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