Alison Williams, Rockmart Library

Alison Williams selects books she will read as part of the summer program at Rockmart Library. “I enjoy reading,” she said.

Agnes Hagin

More than 732 children and teens have signed up to take part in summer activities at the Rockmart Public Library.

“We are pleased with the response to our summer program,” said Sharon Cleveland, branch manager.

“FIZZ! BOOM! READ!” and “Spark a Reaction!” are themes for this year’s science fun based events.

Library staff is giving kids a special paper upon which they will record time spent on reading activities, including attending library events. Children that are not reading independently can have an older child, parent, or caregiver read to them. As the hours add up, the kids earn prizes from area merchants such as food coupons, bowling, skating, and goody bags. A skating party at Fun Wheels will be held for kids reading 20 or more hours and teens reading 30 or more hours.

Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult 16 years or older when visiting the library.

Only two free shows remain of those scheduled:

Wednesday, July 9: 11 a.m. - Story Hour with Rome Library Puppeteers

Thursday, July 17: 5 to 6 p.m. - Summer Reading open house. Refreshments will be served and contest winners listed.

Contests and more:

Beaker Seekers Scavenger Hunt continues through July 19. Participants are asked to decipher riddles to find the six locations around Rockmart where Beaker the Muppet can be located. A prize is presented to those finding all six.

A coloring contest will be held through July 12. Prizes will be awarded by age divisions.

Guess How Many will be held through July 12. Children will be asked to guess how many items there are in the jar? Each child gets one guess.

Creative Writing Contest is scheduled through July 12 Write. Each person will be asked to illustrate a one-page story about a science fair project gone-bad. This will be for upcoming third through fifth graders.

Design a Robot made from recyclables will be held through July 12. Entries cannot be larger than 15 inches wide/tall. One entry per child for ages five through 11.

Sponsors for the 2014 reading program at the Rockmart Library are Chick-fil-A, Chopsticks, Cici’s Pizza, City of Rockmart, Creative Discovery Museum Chattanooga, Dairy Queen, Firehouse Subs,

Floyd Bowling/Classic Lanes, Fun Wheels Skating Center, Godbee Siding, Honeymoon Bakery, House of China, Kangaroo Jakes, McDonald’s, Mellow Mushroom, Pick O’Deli, Rome Braves, Rome Cinemas, Sonny’s BBQ, The Steak House, Taco Bell, 333 On Broad,

Beverly Albea, Eby-Brown, Family Savings FCU, First National Bank, J & L Discount, Lovvorn Door and Window Co., Murata Electronics, Polk Family Connection, Polk County Farm Bureau 115, Rockmart Kiwanis, Sew Purdy, Simply Staffing Inc., Paul E. Smith DDS, Wal-Mart No. 4409, Wayne Davis Concrete Co., Bruce and Laura Albea, Dan Forsyth Agency, SunTrust Bank, Tellus Science Museum.

The Rockmart Library is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Contact the library at 770-684-3022 for more information.