Rockland Public Library is ready to take a trip around the world.

“One World, Many Stories” is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program. Children’s librarian Jean Young has been visiting local elementary schools this week to encourage students to participate in the program.

“We want you to keep up your reading skills, and the Summer Reading Program is a great way to do that,” Young told students at South Elementary during two assemblies June 13..

Registration for the Summer Reading Program, which is for family readers through adult, begins Saturday, June 25, and continues through mid-August. Young encouraged students to register sooner rather than later, so they have more time to read.

A library card is required to register. Once a child or family is registered they can begin checking out books to read. As they continue to read and complete different weekly challenges, they can win a variety of prizes. Additional incentives are offered upon registration such as: TD Bank’s reading for a savings account and Portland Sea Dogs’ vouchers for a baseball game.

After completing their reading requirement participants will be invited to an old fashioned Make your own Ice Cream Sundae Party and be presented with a certificate of completion and a bag full of gifts including a book.

There will also be plenty of library programs throughout the summer including rainy day movies, art classes, craft days, and picnics in the children’s garden.

The kick off program will be “The Norman Magic Show,” on Saturday, June 25 at 2 p.m., in the Community Room of the Rockland Library. Maine magician, Norman Ng, will make bowling balls appear, money appear, objects move across the room and invite the audience to participate in his original magic effects. Then a seven-week adventure around the world begins in the children’s room. Kids of all ages will travel to a different continent where they will experience the culture, food, language, historic places and much more from that region as they come to the library for their next book.

Adults and teens: Don’t worry — programs and super prizes are also planned, with “You are Here” for teens, and “Novel Destinations” for adults.

For more information about the Summer Reading Program, call Jean Young at 594-0310 or head to the Rockland Public Library, located at 80 Union St.