Several activities to encourage kids and teens to read are planned in downtown Billings on July 11 and 12 in conjunction with the High Plains BookFest.
Parmly Billings Library, 510 N. Broadway, will devote Friday to readings and workshops for children and teens.
A "Children's Hour" reading will start at 10 a.m., and a poetry workshops for teens with B.J. Buckley will begin at 1 p.m.
A reading for teens will feature Stanley Gordon West at 3 p.m.
On July 12, Billings Parmly Library will hold two workshops - "Poetry for Elementary Kids" at 10 a.m. with Susan Ewing and "Book Mending and Repairs" with Charles Luedke at 1 p.m. To register for the library workshops, call 657-8256.
In addition, a discussion titled "What's New in Children's Literature" will start at 3 p.m. July 12 at the library and feature Ron and Barb Scherry from Great Northern Books.
Also on July 12, Camp Read With Me, a reading camp for children, will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Lincoln Center Gymnasium, 415 N 30th St. Bring in your old children's books for a book swap and have fun at the many booths, including storytelling, face painting and more.
The camp is free and sponsored by The Billings Gazette, Rocky Mountain College, ConocoPhillips and St. Vincent Healthcare. Last year, hundreds of children participated in Camp Read With Me, which is geared to preschool through sixth grade. Children should be accompanied by an adult for the family-oriented event.
For more details on Camp Read With Me, see next Saturday's Family page.