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Dawson County Public Library kicks off summer reading programs
Dawson County Library
The Dawson County Library at 342 Allen Street in Dawsonville. - photo by Erica Jones

With school officially out and summer vacation in full swing, the Dawson County Public Library is kicking off its summer reading programs, with exciting programs for all ages. 

Beginning on June 1, children, teens and adults alike can sign up for an account on the library’s Beanstack website to keep track of how many hours they each read this summer. Each family member can create their own account, or all members of a family can keep track of their reading on one account. 

Those interested in participating can enroll in the library’s “Summer Reading Challenge” and earn badges and a chance to win prizes for reading hours logged through their account. 

For every two hours read, children aged 0 through fifth grade can earn a chance to win one of the library’s many raffle prizes. For every two books teens in sixth through 12th grade read, they can earn a chance to win one of two $100 Walmart gift cards. For every two books read, adults can earn a chance to win a gift bag. 

To sign up for a Beanstack account and log hours read this summer, go to chestateelibrary.beanstack.org

In addition to the summer reading challenge, the library is offering several summer programs for both children and teens.

On Monday June 6 at 11 a.m., the Etowah River Keepers and the Dawson County firefighters will be bringing fun and informative activities to the library’s satellite branch, located inside of the Dawson County Fire Station 2. This summer program will only be offered at the satellite branch and promises fun for all ages. 

Other children’s programs this summer include: 

  • Arthur Atama, magician: June 8 at 2 p.m. 

  • North Georgia Falconry, bird presentation: June 15 at 2 p.m. 

  • Lee Bryan, “That Puppet Guy”: June 22 at 2 p.m.

  • Smithgall Woods Snakes Alive: June 30 at 2 p.m. 

  • Jennifer Daniels Musician Extraordinaire: July 13 at 2 p.m. 

  • Mr. Damon’s Shadow Puppets: July 20 at 2 p.m. 

Teen programs at the library this summer include: 

  • Wild Tie-Dye: June 8 at 4 p.m. 

  • Life’s a Beach Party: June 15 at 4 p.m. 

  • Painted Pottery Party: June 22 at 4 p.m. 

  • Summer Fun & Game: June 19 at 4 p.m. 

  • Paint a Shelter Pet: July 13 at 4 p.m. 

  • Water Wars: July 20 at 4 p.m. 

For more information about the Dawson County Public Library and its summer reading programs, go to https://chestateelibrary.org/dawson-county-library-branch/