Participants in the City Library’s Summer Reading program were able to experience the joy of gardening first-hand last Thursday.

Library Director Lu King conducted the hands-on session. She showed the children how to identify a healthy plant and demonstrated how easy it was to plant a bulb. The activity was the culmination of nine hour-long sessions for the Library’s summer reading program titled, "Dig into Reading: What’s Beneath the Surface?"

Thursday’s exercise was the grand finale and discussed "All things underground."

Previous programs included a magic show, dinosaurs, treasure hunting, cowboys, sodbusters and fraidy holes. Assistant Librarian Yvonne Rose developed the curriculum for the program which enabled children preschool through the 5th grade an opportunity to explore living with the earth, underground nature and treasurers.

"Dig into Reading" is a nation-wide library theme for the 2013 Children’s Summer Reading Program. It coincides with the Oklahoma Department of Education’s "Read Five for Summer" initiative where children are encouraged to read at least five books between June and July.