It’s that time again for a little R and R — reading and more reading, that is.

Books offer a way to escape, a time for relaxation, discovery and exploration.

Starting June 17 through July 26, Orangeburg residents will have the opportunity to “Dig into Reading” as the 2013 Orangeburg County Library Summer Reading program gets under way.

With the increasing popularity of tablets and other hand-held devices offering consumers electronic reading options, staff at the Orangeburg County Library are encouraging patrons to enjoy reading the “old fashioned” way.

“I’ve enjoyed watching families instill the love of reading to their children for almost 23 years,” said Lorene Dennis, OCL’s children’s library manager. “There’s nothing like actually holding a book and flipping through its pages to read where the story will take you.”

The themes for this year’s program are:

* “Dig into Reading!” for Early Literacy and Children birth to age 3.

* “Beneath the Surface” for teens ages 12 to 17.

* “Groundbreaking Reads” for adults 18 years and older.

Dennis said she’s looking forward “to having this be our most successful year in terms of registration and participation.”

“The state library has implemented statewide electronic registration,” Dennis said. “This is new, and we think people will respond well.”

Those preferring to visit the library and sign up in person are encouraged to do so.

Upcoming events at the library include:

* “Limitless Learning with Katie,” a family storytime experience for children of all ages with special needs and sensory challenges, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8.

* “Bully, the Documentary,” 1 p.m. Friday, July 12, with a discussion led by Pamela Hoppock of the South Carolina State Library following the screening.

* Family Game Night — A night of fun and laughter. All games will be provided, 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 17.

* April Turner’s Folk Tale Performance and African Jewelry Making Workshop — 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 24.

For more information, visit or call the library at 803-531-4636 or pick up the latest issue of the Orangeburg County Library magazine “Whoo … Knew?”

Contact the writer: kimberleinicole@aol.com.

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