A kick off party to celebrate summer reading will be held at every branch of the Crawford County Library System.

An event to kick off the system’s summer reading program Build a Better World will be held at each library branch, said Crawford County Library System Director Eva White.

“We will have story times and special programs every week during the summer to keep these kids reading,” White said.

This year’s theme for the program, which runs June 3 through July 29, will be all about building everything from relationships to toys to an actual building, White said.

Program events will continue throughout the summer, including many focused on STEM activities, White said.

“We have something going on every day here in Van Buren,” White said.

Other library branches will have activities two to three times each week, White said.

Van Buren, Alma, Cedarville and Mulberry kick off events are set for June 3.

During Van Buren’s kick off party from 10 a.m. to noon, kids can enjoy some snow cones and take a trip around the world.

Participants can visit each “continent” with activities based on places from around the world and get a stamp on their “passport,” and go by the “baggage claim” to pick up their summer reading logs and bag.

Alma’s event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will have games, activities, hot dogs, snacks and drinks. Kids also will go home with their first reading levels for the program.

Cedarville will provide refreshments, sign kids up for the summer program and give out reading logs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mulberry’s event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and kids can take part in activities, eat snacks and pick up their reading logs and a goody bag.

Mountainburg Public Library will have its summer kick off part on June 1.

Activities include a presentation at 1:30 p.m. by the Arkansas Game and Fish Mobile Aquarium, with a focus on turtles. There will be hot dogs and registration for the reading program at 2:30, and a movie with popcorn at 3 p.m.

Each kick off event is free to the public and open to all ages, White said. Most libraries also have scheduled an end of summer party.