Summer reading camp is June 17

The Philippi Public Library will host the first week of the “Dig Into Reading” Summer Reading Camp and Children’s Summer Nutrition Program beginning Monday at 10:30 a.m.

Each week of the four-week camp will have a different theme. This week’s theme will be “Dig Up Some Dirt and Some Trouble!” The campers will “Dig Up Some Trouble” by reading books about trolls, elves, gnomes, fairies, dragons and other magical troublemakers. The campers will also “Dig Up Some Dirt” by reading books about gardening, dirt, worms, recycling, and other related subjects.

In addition to reading, participating in arts and crafts, and enjoying other activities surrounding this week’s theme, attending children, ages 3 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 12, will literally dig up some dirt. The Tygart Valley Master Gardeners will help each group of children plant a raised-bed garden. The lumber for the raised beds was discounted by Builder’s Center and the topsoil was donated by Southern States. The Master Gardeners will donate seeds and plants and their time to prepare the ground. They will visit the camp on Tuesdays to teach the campers about gardening, weeding, pruning and harvesting a garden.

Other fun activities during this week’s camp include creating “edible dirt,” making a grass “Chia” dude, modeling a clay creature pot and much more. Children will receive a reading chart in order to keep track of the books they read, book marks and other prizes.

The library will be closed on June 20, in celebration of West Virginia Day. Children can enjoy the camp and nutrition program Monday through Wednesday and Friday of next week. For more information about the library’s programs, call the library at 304-457-3495 or stop by the library’s circulation desk.