Getting kids and teens to spend the summer reading is the goal of the ’s two summer reading programs that began June 15, and already Children’s Librarian Jennifer Gannod is reporting an increased number of participants.
“They’ve been really popular this year,” she said about the Clawson library's reading programs. “We are beating the registration numbers that we usually have in the first week.”
So far, there are 70 younger children and 20 teens signed up for the summer reading programs, which puts the library on pace to beat its usual 140 kids and 30 teens participating the entire summer.
Gannod said the theme of the children’s program, which is geared toward pre-school-aged through fifth-graders, is “Dream Big—READ!” The program also includes programs such as PAWS to Read (a reading event with therapy dogs) and Dream Big—The Olympics, as well as contests, prizes and story hours.
“There will also be a giant party at the end of the summer to celebrate their reading achievements,” Gannod explained. “The teens will have a party, too, and it will be complete with pizza, pop, chips and a grand prize raffle drawing.”
The Teen Read 2012 program is themed “Own the Night” and has weekly prize drawings for every hour spent reading. However, those hours are not limited to book reading as teens are encouraged to keep track of everything they read, including eBooks, audio books and magazines.
“We don’t care what they read, we just want them to read,” Gannod explained, although suggested reading lists are available for participants in both programs.
The programs run through August and interested children and teens can sign up at the library.