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Morgantown Public Library debuts summer program

The Morgantown Public Library System (MPLS) opens registration for a new program this week.

The Big Family Book Club is a summer program that provides participants with a book selected by library staff. The book chosen was “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” by Chris Grabenstein. This title is recommended to everyone from elementary school children to adults, and can be enjoyed by the whole family for the entire month of June.

All participants in the program will receive a free copy of the book. There is a limit of one book per family. Ebook and audiobook copies are also available through the MPLS digital library. Each week, participants will receive a postcard in the mail with activities and discussion questions they can engage in as they make their way through the book.

In addition to receiving a copy of the book, participants will also obtain a duplicate of the MPLS Dewey Decimal Game Board so that they can partake in the Dewey Decimal Challenge in which they read their way through the Dewey Decimal System.

Those who wish to take part in this challenge will read one book from each Dewey section and attach a sticker to each section they complete on their provided worksheet.

The first 100 participants to submit their completed worksheet will be eligible to receive a prize.

To qualify for a prize, participants should submit their completed game sheets to any MPLS branch location by June 30. Participants will have until July 31 to claim their prize. Prizes cannot currently be mailed to participants.

Additionally, participants in the Big Family Book Club program will have the opportunity to meet and converse with “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” writer Chris Grabenstein on June 22 in a virtual gathering. Grabenstein is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wonderland series, the award-winning Haunted Mystery series and “The Island of Dr. Libris.”

He is also the co-author of the No. 1 bestsellers “I Funny,” “House of Robots,” “Treasure Hunters,” “Jacky Ha-Ha,” “Word of Mouse,” “Pottymouth” and “Stoopid” with James Patterson as well as many other books.

MPLS Manager of Marketing Corina Change said the goal of the new program is to encourage families to read together and develop positive literacy practices.

“Just as the school year comes to an end, we have put together a program that engages both our early and our most seasoned readers. Families will receive a postcard in the mail each week with discussion questions and activity challenges that not only provide an alternative to screen time but makes reading, typically a solo activity, into a family experience,” she said.

Registration for the Big Family Book Club opens Wednesday, May 12. Participants should pick up their book kit by June 12; otherwise, the library cannot guarantee one for them.

Questions about the Big Family Book Club program should be directed to

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