"Summer reading is very important because many studies have been done [that show] kids that don't read over the summer slide academically, so for the kids to stay on target, it's very important for them to keep reading over the summer," Shalin said.
He noted some popular titles currently at the library include "The Hunger Games," "The Divergent" series and the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series. While there are extra copies of these books available, Shalin said there often is a wait list for some titles.
"We have a little bit of everything," Shalin said.
To participate in the Teen Summer Reading Program or Children's Summer Reading Program, sign up in person or at www.bartowlibraryonline.org.
Children participating in the program must document they have completed 200 minutes of reading in 10 minute intervals or, for younger children, being read to for the same amounts of time. The program is open to all students up to fifth grade.
Participating teens are expected to complete six hours of reading a week.
Shalin said in an email, "All the programs are free and participation in the program is free as well. The grand prizes for the children's program are tickets to the Georgia Aquarium, tickets to the Tennessee Aquarium, tickets to Stone Mountain Park and tickets to Six Flags.
"The grand prizes for the teen program are $25 or $50. Both teens and children can pick up prizes along the way."
Summer programming kicks off June 1 with a visit from Magician Ken Scott. There will be three shows -- 11 a.m. in Adairsville, 2 p.m. in Cartersville and 4:30 p.m. in Euharlee. Other programs include Career Day featuring Cartersville Mayor Matt Santini and other citizens from the community; a science program featuring the Chemistry Club from Kennesaw State University; and regular weekly story times. In July, the library will host a night of "Star Wars" fun, featuring costumed characters and games, live reptile shows and more.
"For the teens, we are featuring a live 'Hunger Games' program in June and our annual AnimeCon in July," Shalin said.
He said patrons are encouraged to dress up as Star Wars characters during the July event and that space is limited for the live "Hunger Games" program in June with registration required.
"We're also having a musician come out all the way from Wisconsin [on June 4] who's going to do a live, interactive polka program and that's going to be a lot of fun," Shalin said.
The library's regular story times also will begin the first week of June.
Read The Daily Tribune News' library calendar on Sundays for updates on events.