Astros mascot Orbit highlights Nederland library summer outreach

Published 12:16 am Tuesday, June 11, 2024

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NEDERLAND — The goal of any summer reading program is to entice more people to read, attend programs and come to the library, according to Noah Perryman.

The library assistant for the Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library in Nederland said those efforts are ongoing, with plenty of special fun planned in the coming weeks.

“We have the program portion, which is entirely open to the public, and then we have the reading portion for kids, teens and adults,” Perryman said.

Charlie Holder of Gator Country shows off his friend to attendees of a summer program event last week at Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library in Nederland. (Courtesy photo)

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“We do require those who would like to participate in the reading portion to have a library card.”

Many have already circled June 20 for attendance, because Houston Astros mascot Orbit will be there for a special book reading and available for pictures.

These types events are making an impact in Nederland, where Perryman said library officials are cataloging better 2024 numbers when compared to 2023 when breaking down program attendance and reading participation.

“For the summer, on Mondays and Tuesdays at 2 p.m., we show movies in our meeting room, where we have a state-of-the-art 150-inch 4K projector screen, where we provide popcorn for the screenings,” he said.

“Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. is when we have big programs, such as Orbit the Astros mascot, snake education, Wink the Juggler and so much more, which last about 45 minutes to an hour.”

Thursday afternoons are planned gaming times for children or teens to play video games from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The library provides the games and systems.

The library is located at 2712 Nederland Avenue. Call 409-722-1255 for more information.