Dig Into Reading is the theme for the Ascension Parish Library’s children’s summer reading program.

Young readers can earn prizes for reading, and take part in summer programs at the library.

Programs include the “Everybody’s in the Band” presentation by an Australian storyteller and didgeridoo player.

Several arts and crafts programs are lined up throughout the summer.

Children, from birth to eighth grade, who register for the Summer Reading Program will receive a reading log, calendar, bookmark and a Dig Into Reading button. After reading for 100 minutes, each reader receives a Dig Into Reading totebag, a certificate of completion, a bookmark and pencil. For each additional 100 minutes of reading, the young reader can earn one chance at a Dig Into Reading T-shirt. And the reader who turns in the most T-shirt chance slips by the end of the summer will receive a special prize.

Beneath the Surface is the theme for the summer reading program for youths in sixth through 12th grades.

Mary Manhein, a forensic anthropologist, has been invited for a visit and other programs include Calaveras Paintings, Spa Day, Guy Stuff, Resin Jewelry and a Steampunk Circus.

For every program attended and every book review turned in, readers will get a stamp on their program stamp cards. After three stamps, youths can choose between three prizes! After that, turn in more book review forms and attend programs to earn chances to win one of the end of the summer prize giveaways.

Registration for both programs begins Thursday.

For more information, call Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville at (225) 473-8052, in Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699, in Galvez at (225) 622-3339, or in Gonzales at (225) 647-3955.

The summer reading program is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council.