The Lake County Public Library launched its annual Summer Reading Program on June 18, with programming running through August 8.

It features free weekly programming for youth up to age 18 Tuesday-Thursday in the Lake County Public Library. The theme for this year’s program is “A Universe of Stories” and will feature STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) programming based on astronomy, space travel, NASA missions, moons, and other out-of-this-world topics.

The SRP will also include the return of the popular reading challenge and Top Reader awards. Kids keep track of their total hours spent reading and turn those hours into prizes from community business partners, and vie for the grand prize and great honor of being named Lake County’s Top Reader.

To participate in the reading challenge, kids and their guardians should stop by the library to pick up a reading log and to register. Programming will run on the following weekly schedule: preschool, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m.; kindergarten to second grade, Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.; third to fifth grades, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m.; and tweens & teens: Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.

A Star Wars Science Show will be offered Wednesday, July 17, from 1-3 p.m. Top Reader and runners-up will be announced Aug. 8 at the end-of-program picnic and rocket launch at the Ice Palace Park.

This year’s reading prizes are available through the generosity of the following local businesses and nonprofits: Friends of Lake County Public Library, High Mountain Pies, Cookies with Altitude, El Mercadito, Safeway, Pizza Hut, Kafhe 11, Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad, Twin Lakes Interlaken Boat Tours, Leadville National Fish hatchery, National Mining Museum, City on a Hill, Lake County Recreation, Fire on the Mountain, Treeline Kitchen, Melanzana, Casa Blanca, Wild Bill’s Restaurant, and Leadville Outdoors & Mountain Market. For more information, call or stop by the library.

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