JJML Kicks Off Summer Reading Program

John Jermain Memorial Library Sag Harbor
The John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. Michael Heller photo

The John Jermain Memorial Library will kick off a summer reading program for children and teens on Thursday, June 28, with a party at the library at 5:30 p.m. featuring the Bridgehampton School’s Tewa Marimba Ensemble and other festivities.

Some programs will be music-themed this summer and children can log the time they spend reading to earn prizes. The library will have school reading lists and there are also book clubs for almost every age group and interest, including a new graphic novel club. For students in grades six to 12, attending summer programs at the library will earn them extra raffle tickets.

“We are thrilled to return this year with a reimagined literacy program for our Sag Harbor youth between ages two and 11,” children’s librarian Jaime Mott said in an email this week. “Our goal is to get books into the hands of children and families in any and all ways possible, so we figure what better way than to have a great time doing it. We will support our families with free literacy programs at the library all summer long … We promise it’s going to rock!”

Wonda Miller, program coordinator, said summer reading isn’t only for kids — it’s for adults, too. JJML has an adult summer reading program similar to “BINGO” in which each book or audio book one reads or listens to can check off a box in a grid and earn a chance in a raffle. “Benefits of reading as an adult include overcoming stress, decreases in memory decline, better sleep, increased empathy and easing depression,” Ms. Miller said.

For more information, visit johnjermain.org or call (631) 725-0049.