A swashbuckling time will be had by all on the Hope Town Square as the Hope Branch of the Bartholomew County Public Library kicks off its summer reading program “Oceans of Possibilities” at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

After being on hiatus for the past couple of years it will be nice to get back to normal, say library staff.

“It’s kind of our big kick off for summer reading,” says Dave Miller, Hope Branch supervisor for the Bartholomew County Public Library. “The last couple of years was discouraging bunches and bunches of people from rolling around together. But, this year, hopefully, fingers crossed it won’t be like that and we will be able to have a big party.”

And a party it will be.

Reprising his role as Captain Dave, Miller says he and his BCPL staff -- argh... crewmates, Matey! Savvy? -- will be hosting the afternoon’s treasure of “argh-some” activities, including a dunk tank, bouncy slide, a host of artsy crafts, and a mermaid story time led by Kate Grafelman.

“It’s all pirates all the time for me,” Miller says. “There will be a mermaid story time, but pirates are much cooler than mermaids.”

Miller says he will be sharing some of his favorite pirate stories and picture books.

“We will probably even pick up some pirate lingo while we are at it,” Miller adds.

The summer reading program is designed to not only encourage reading, but also lifelong learning in the community. The program, which runs June 1 to July 22, is an opportunity to not only check out some cool books and learn something new, but participants can also earn prizes at the same time, including books, raffle entries and coupons, by meeting reading goals or completing an activity.

As Captain Miller and his crewmates finish final preparations for the evening, fellow librarian Brenda McKinney says the free event is always a good time for young and old.

“I think this year we are going to have snow cones, games and Dave will be reading,” she says. “The kids love it.”

Miller’s hopes for the event are twofold.

“I’m hoping for clear skies first and foremost,” he says. “And, secondly, I hope everybody comes out and has a great time, signs up for summer reading, reads all summer long and gets some cool prizes, coupons and event T-shirts this year.”