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Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New River Parish columnist Lori Lyons in New Orleans, La. Monday, April 20, 2015.

The St. Charles Parish Library will host two events at the beginning of June to help adults “Escape the Ordinary” this summer.

“Book Buzz,” a presentation by Sharon Parker of Random House Publishers, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, at the West Regional Library, 105 Lakewood Drive in Luling, and again at 2 p.m. at the East Regional branch, 160 W. Campus Drive in Destrehan.

Parker will highlight forthcoming books and give readers the inside scoop on future bestsellers. Samplers with excerpts from books that have not been published, book catalogs, and “Keep Calm and Read On” canvas bags will be available for all attendees.

The library will host its annual after-hours event for adults, After Hours @ the Library, at the West Regional Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday. The theme of this year’s event is “Game Night.” A variety of board games will be available for free play. Attendees will get the chance to interact with some of the library’s collection of robots and use the Oculus Rift, a virtual-reality headset that lets users step inside virtual worlds and look around just as they would in real life.

In addition to the games, a preliminary plan for the renovation of the West Regional Library will be on display. A photo area and refreshments will also be available.

Attendees must be 18 years or older. All St. Charles Parish Library events are free of charge and open to the public. Registration in the summer reading program is not necessary to attend events.

More information, including a calendar of summer events, can be found at www.myscpl.org/summer, and a summer event guide will soon be available at all St. Charles Parish Library locations.

For additional information about these events or any others, call Lauren Pitz at 985-764-2366 or email lauren.pitz@myscpl.org.

Open invitation to read

Everyone is invited to read for the fun of it with the St. Charles Parish Library this summer. Children, tweens, teens, and adults are eligible to win prizes by participating in the library’s superhero-themed summer reading program, June 1-July 31. In addition, the library’s summer calendar is filled with over 200 events for all ages.

New to the summer reading program this year is Wandoo Reader, an online system that tracks reading progress. Participants cans sign up for an account at www.myscpl.org/summer or contact staff at any branch for help. Children, tweens, and teens will gain power-up credits in their accounts to create virtual superheroes while completing reading challenges to earn prizes.

Participation in these programs encourages students to read and maintain reading skills during the summer months.

Children who join the “Every Hero Has a Story” summer reading program will keep track of how many minutes they read. Special certificates and library back sacks will be available as a reward to those who complete the program.

Tweens and teens ages 8 to 17 will also keep track of how many minutes they read in the “Unmask” Summer Reading Club. Themed back sacks will be available as a reward to those who complete the program. For information specific to the tween and teen programs, visit www.myscpl.org/teens.

Adults will keep track of the number of books they read in the “Escape the Ordinary” program. Everyone who reads six books will receive a limited-edition St. Charles Parish Library Book Bag.

Links to the library’s event calendar can also be found at www.myscpl.org/summer.

St. John hits the books, too

In addition to its new geo-centric logo, the St. John the Baptist Parish Library also will hold the “Every Hero Has a Story” summer reading program from June 1 through July 31 with incentives and prizes. One lucky participant may win an Android tablet. The library also offers crafts, movies and great performers, including Playmakers of Baton Rouge, singer/storyteller Johnette Downing, magician David LeBoeuf, the Audubon Zoomobile, the Calliope Puppets and yarnspinner Angela Davis.

Visit www.stohn.lib.la.us for for information.

The Reserve Branch of the St. John Library soon will be named for longtime board member Leroy D. Williams, who died this year. Williams was one of two members who were on the board since the St. John public library system began in 1966. He served as treasurer, vice president and president.

Lori Lyons reports on the River Parishes. Send information on news, events, accomplishments and story ideas to her at sportslyons@gmail.com.