FORT RUCKER, Ala. (June 3, 2016) -- Summer vacation often leads to a loss of lessons learned during the previous school year, but Center Library staff hopes to help students retain information while developing a love for learning.

The Center Library's summer reading program, themed "Read -- for the Win," kicks off June 4 with a party at the post theater from 9-11 a.m.

"We will have the Warrant Officer Career College Challenge Course set up for the kids, as well as all of the equipment for a fun game of Human Hungry Hippos," Cameron Hill, Center Library children's programming coordinator, said. "There will also be a craft table set up and we plan to give away a few cool prizes.

"The program is designed to keep kids engaged and learning throughout the summer to better prepare them for the next school year," she added.

According to Hill, several events are planned throughout the summer to help keep children excited about reading and learning.

"There will be an art class at the Center Library June 16 at 4 p.m.," she said. "Kids can melt crayons onto canvas and create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

"'Reading: The Sport of Champions!' takes place at The Commons, Bldg. 8950, June 29 at 3:30 p.m.," she added. "It is a show that combines magic, puppets, comedy, storytelling and audience participation."

The Center Library will host a game night July 7 from 4-6 p.m., according to Hill, with board games for all ages to play.

The summer reading program will also help children maintain an active lifestyle during the summer.

"We have also planned a fitness class on July 19 from 9-10 a.m.," Hill said. "Kids can have fun doing a variety of exercises and competing for prizes."

The summer reading program will culminate with an awards presentation July 30 beginning at 1 p.m. at the post theater.

"After the ceremony, there will be a complimentary showing of the movie, Turbo," Hill said. "All of these events are completely free of charge."

Alongside the summer reading program, library staff will also host a summer safety series.

"Our Summer Safety Series is an educational program designed for kids who plan to be outdoors during the summer," Hill said. "The first part of the series took place Tuesday and was presented by Alabama Power. The second part will be June 7 and will be all about sun and water safety. The final program is scheduled for June 14. Children will learn how to be safe around dogs.

"All of these events are free and will take place at the library from 10-11 a.m. and require registration," she added.

Even though the summer will be jam packed with events for the youth, Hill said the library offers something for everyone all year round.

"Our facility has more to offer than just books," she said. "We have entertainment and research materials, free programs for children and adults, public access computers, and quiet places to study or read.

"No matter the age, we have a variety of events planned and designed to keep readers busy, interested, and engaged," she added.

Parents of home-school students are invited to attend a home school question and answer session July 20 from 1:30-2:30 pm.

For information on or to register for upcoming events, call 255-3885.