Young dreamers and doers of daring deeds can sign up at their local Timberland library in Pacific or Grays Harbor County as soon as school is out in their area for the 2005 Summer Reading Program, with its themes "Dragons, Dreams & Daring Deeds" for children and "Joust Read" for teens. Children and teens will be crossing the threshold of imagination and entering the Middle Ages, an era when castles towered, knights quested and people believed dragons and wizards were real. The program offers exciting opportunities to read tales of adventure and enchantment, attend special presentations, join in creative activities and pick up prizes. Participation is free of charge.

Magician Jeff Evans will take young sorcerers on an imaginary trip inspired by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Books in his interactive presentation, "Secrets of Wizards." "Anything can be learned from books when you combine imagination with the power of magic!" said Evans.

In "The Dragon Who Came to Visit," Mad Scientist Dr. Cranium will ask audience volunteers to help him show a dragon that the forest might be a better home for him than a castle. Their scientific methods will explore machines, heat exchange, molecular properties and more.

Every participant will receive coupons for free pizza and admissions to area attractions when they turn in their prize claim form to their library in July or August. Library branches will also award extra prizes from local businesses, Friends of the Library groups and other organizations to be awarded at various times during the summer.

For more information, visit the Timberland Web site at www.trlib.org or contact your local Timberland library.

"I wish you a summer filled with fun and exciting experiences, new friends, and books that touch your heart and stir your imagination!" - Gov. Christine Gregoire, in a letter to youth, May 1, 2005.

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