Readers will explore all things underground this summer as Pratt Public Library presents its annual Summer Reading Program. This year's reading program is tailored to all ages, everyone in the family from pre-schoolers through grandma/grandpa are invited to participate.

"Dig into Reading" is the theme for the children's summer reading program. This program is for pre-schoolers through fourth graders. Pre-readers get credit for what is read to them while the older children get credit for what they read. Each child registered will be given a chart to keep track of the minutes read and when they finish a chart they get to draw a prize from the treasure chest. During the summer our regular Story Times will be held and some additional programs are planned. Regular Story Times are Monday and Thursday morning from 10 to 10:45 a.m. for three-five-year-olds and Tuesday morning from 10 to 10:20 for two and under plus caregiver.

For kindergarten-fourth grade, there will be Wednesday afternoon programs from 2 to 2:45 p.m. with stories, games, and crafts beginning on May 29 and ending on Aug. 9. Also, there will be free movies for kids on Friday afternoons at 12:30 beginning on June 7 and ending on Aug. 9. Children 2 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Several special programs are planned beginning with the Monty Harper Show, music and comedy fun for all ages on June 10 at 7 p.m., and the Pratt firefighters along with the fire trucks will be here on Aug. 1. For nature lovers there will be two programs presented by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism employees. Brian Bartels will be presenting a program called "Build Your Bird Brain" where children will learn about bird watching and make bird feeders using peanut butter and pine cones on June 26 at 2 p.m. and Chris Shrack will present a program about snakes called "Slithering Snakes" on July 24 at 2 p.m.

"Beneath the Surface" is the theme for the teen summer reading program this year. Each participant registered will be given a chart to keep track of the minutes read and when they finish a chart they get to put their name in a weekly drawing for a $10 Sonic Drive-In gift card. Fifth through eighth graders are invited to participate in the special programs planned for Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:30 beginning May 29 and ending July 3. Games, crafts, and an Archeology Dig are planned at the Library. Kristen McPherson will be in charge of these activities.

We also have a special program planned called "Bones: the Real Science Behind the TV Show" which will be put on by Sara Latta. This presentation gives students a behind-the-scenes look at the ways in which forensic anthropologists solve true crimes. Students will get to work with plaster casts of bones to help solve a missing persons case.

"Groundbreaking Reads" is the theme of this summer's adult reading program. Adults who register for this reading program may put their name in a drawing for each book they read. Weekly drawings are for a free cup of coffee at Blue Moon Coffee House and a monthly drawing for a gift card from Dillons, Skaggs Ace Hardware, or Legends Pub & Grille.

We would like to thank all of the local merchants listed above who have donated to make this year's summer reading program successful, plus, Cox Communications who has donated book bags that will be given to each child and teen who finishes a reading chart.

Come to the library beginning Monday, May 20, to enroll in these programs and pick up schedules of events. Also, you can go to Facebook to keep track of the weekly activities.