It’s the time of year when all of the fun frenzy of the summer reading program slows down. Children and teens continue to read so they can earn prizes, but all of the children have registered, all of the special events have ended and all of the librarians have begun looking forward to the joy of next summer.

This summer was a ball of scientific fun for children and teens. More than 7,700 children ages birth through 11 registered for the reading incentive program “Fizz, Boom, READ!” and pledged to read at least 12 hours over the summer. In addition, 546 youths ages 7 to 11 joined the Patch Club and read books on science, art, music and animals to earn collectible patches.

In addition to reading great books, children enjoyed visits from special guests who created explosions, explained the physics of music and showed off their robots. Families also examined fossils and numbers in nature while middle school students built Lego robots.

More than 400 St. Tammany teens discovered how to “Spark a Reaction” by reading for 12 hours and participating in fun events. They enjoyed karate, art, cooking and drama workshops and special events like Mystery Dinner Theater and a Doctor Who Party.

Youths have until Aug. 16 to log their reading time and receive their prizes.

We are already looking forward to next summer when children learn that “Every Hero Has a Story” and teens “Unmask” the fun. We cannot wait!

Programming for July 24 to July 31 includes:

AVOIDING IDENTITY THEFT: This week, programs on avoiding identity theft will be presented by Kristen Prestenbach, of Regions Bank, at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Covington Branch, 310 W. 21st Ave., and at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Causeway Branch, 3457 U.S. 190, Mandeville. For information, call the Covington Library at (985) 893-6280 or the Causeway Library at (985) 626-9779.