Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury will kick off "Dig into Reading," its summer reading program for preschool and elementary school children, with a welcome party and magic show featuring Bob Conrad June 29 at 11:30 p.m.

Children will receive materials for the reading program and sunflower seed packets for the Let's Plant Now: Mammoth Sunflower contest.

The program will conclude Aug. 10 with a gala finale featuring children's entertainer Les Julian.

Children who have participated in the program will receive certificates at the finale event.

The opening program will combine magic, puppets and ventriloquism with an emphasis on audience participation.

Participants in the program will win books and prizes for visiting the library and for reading books.

The library invites families to "Pixar and Pizza" every Monday at 4 p.m. throughout the reading program; Pixar movies such as "Toy Story," "Toy Story 3," "Cars," "The Incredibles," "Finding Nemo" and "Wall.E" are scheduled to be screened.

In addition, several special events will take place on Saturdays during the six-week program: "Physics Fun" (hands-on science), "Compost Stew" (hands-on ecology), "Forest of ST Shrew" (explore the ecosystem), "Dino Digs" (explore dinosaurs and fossils by doing some "digging") and "Rocks Roc" (explore rocks).

In honor of the children in the program, the Friends of the Roxbury Library will make a donation to the Roxbury Residents' Relief/Fuel Fund based on the number of books the children have read.

On Sept. 7, children who have planted sunflowers during the summer program will have an opportunity to share their sunflowers, enjoy refreshments and receive a trophy.

For more information, call the South Street library at 860-350-2181.