Johnstown's Mary E. Babcock Library wants area residents from infants to adults to "Catch the Reading Bug" -- the theme of its Summer Reading Program.

Johnstown's Mary E. Babcock Library wants area residents from infants to adults to "Catch the Reading Bug" -- the theme of its Summer Reading Program.

Julie McElhaney, branch manager and children's librarian, said programs are available to "kids of all ages, from birth to adults."

Ants and other six-legged creatures decorate the Babcock Library as part of the "Catch the Reading Bug" summer reading program, which continues through July 25.

At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, youngsters can participate in the "Diary of a Summer Reading Bug," as they listen to "The Diary of a Fly" and "The Diary of a Spider" by Doreen Cronin. Afterwards, participants will make journals and decorate firefly jars.

McElhaney said "Reptile Mania," featuring Peter Rushton, begins at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 9. Rushton will bring reptiles so library visitors can meet live snakes, spiders, lizards and other creatures.

Magician Dave Lehman will entertain the whole family beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16, when he brings his magic act to the Babcock Library. His visit is being sponsored by Park National Bank.

At 2 p.m. the following day, Thursday, July 17, teens are invited to help explore the versatility of duct tape by making wallets, cell phone cases or whatever other creations they choose at a program titled "Duct Tape Treasures."

Prizes are available for all ages as part of the summer reading program, McElhaney said.

"At the end of the program, we'll have a drawing for a grand prize," she said. "You had to read 12 hours to qualify. We're giving little prizes after children read two, four and eight hours."

The programs for infants to 3-year-olds records time spent being read to or doing literacy activities. Participants ages 3 to 11 years old will record time they spend reading.

For teens up to 12th grade, the summer reading theme is Metamorphosis@Your Library.

"For every 10 hours of reading, they get to pick what prize package they want to put their name in for a drawing," McElhaney said.

Among the prizes are gift cards and a "Transformers" two-disc DVD set.

The teen prize drawing will be held Aug. 4 at the library.

Story Time is offered at 11 a.m. every Thursday at the Babcock Library for children ages 2 to 5. The 45-minute sessions include stories, songs, finger plays, puppets, poetry and simple crafts.

For more information, call 740-967-2982 or visit the library at 320 N. Main St. in Johnstown.