North Central Regional Library will kick off its annual Summer Reading Program this month to encourage children to read while they are out of school for the summer.
In addition to giving away prizes for reading, NCRL’s 30 libraries in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan and Ferry counties will offer a full lineup of fun and free activities that include puppet shows, theatrical performances, science and technology workshops, author visits and Pacific Science Center programs, along with weekly crafts and story times.
“The public library works hard to host special programs just for kids, and the local librarians do an amazing job of offering incentives that encourage kids to join the summer reading program — all in the service of making every child in the community become a better reader,” said Angela Morris, NCRL’s director of public services.
The goal of the summer program is to encourage reading through the summer months, when kids tend of lose some of the progress they make during the school year. Prizes for reading range from toys for small achievements to book sets, electronics and entertainment passes for logging the most hours.
Children can sign up for the reading program at their local branch libraries starting around the second week of June.
“We’re committed to encouraging young people to love reading,” Morris said. “Summer is the perfect time for kids to come to the library to browse for special interest books, find their favorite graphic novel, or get the latest title in a book series.”
Last year, NCRL readers collectively tallied more than 92,000 hours of reading during the summer.