With students officially out of school for the summer, area libraries are beginning to kick off their annual summer reading programs, which encourage youngsters to read as well as spend some quality and fun time at the library.

This summer, libraries are hosting summer reading programs that are science-based and fall under the theme “Fizz, Boom, Read.”

This month, the Chickasaw Regional Library System launched the science-theme summer program with a class on rockets. Tuesday, seven children learned about Newton’s Laws of Motion and went to work building their own Estes Wizard model rockets at the Johnston County Library in Tishomingo. Today, after learning about rocket launching and discussing safety, the students and their rockets will head outside for the official launch.

The two-day rocket class comes to Ardmore at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, with the launch scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Friday. Earlier in the month, the Love County Library and Davis Public Library hosted the class. The two-day rocket class comes to the Wilson Public Library and Atoka County Library in July.

Rocket science is not the only science-themed lesson planned for children this summer. CRLS summer reading participants can learn how to juggle, watch a musical, learn balloon art, and meet sticky and slimy creatures from the zoo.

Summer reading programs take place through July. All seven libraries in the Chickasaw Regional Library System have special events planned and special guest coming. Friday, two branches will host summer reading kick-off celebrations, with the Parker Memorial Library’s party at 3:30 p.m. and the Healdton Community Library at 4 p.m.

The Ardmore Public Library will begin its summer reading program, “Fizz, Boom, Read,” next Monday. The program is for children, 3 years old to sixth grade. For the Ardmore library, magician Steve Crawford will present the final program on July 3.

To ask questions about the CRLS summer reading program, visit www.crlsok.org, and for the Ardmore Public Library, visit www.ardmorelibrary.org.