The Woodward News

May 22, 2014

Library sets up summer reading programs

Jillian Moore
Woodward News

— School may be out, but that doesn’t mean reading and learning take the summer off.

The Woodward Public Library has started enrollment for its summer reading programs, which are available to all ages. The programs go from the end of May through July.

“Fizz Boom Read” is the library’s program designed for children from birth to fifth grade. Babies to pre-kindergarten can participate in story time, along with their parents who read to them. Enrollment started on Monday for that program.

Kindergarten through fifth grades can read anytime and turn in reviews for the books they have read. Enrollment for kindergarten through fifth begins Wednesday, May 28, with the magician Steve Crawford and his show, “Magic of Outer Space."

“Spark a Reaction” is the next program the library offers for students in sixth to 12th grades. The library provides different activities every week to those enrolled. For every five books read and reviewed, the participant’s name is entered in a drawing for prizes. Enrollment can be done during the Night/Glow Kickoff Party Thursday, June 5, at 4 p.m.  

These programs motivate children and teens to read by awarding prizes for their success. The more books and/or hours read, the more chances they have to win, organizers said. There are three levels of awards including a gift basket with literacy items, two bicycles and an iPod. There are also weekly incentive items throughout the program.

Within the last few years, adults have gotten in on the summer fun as well. Ages 18 and older can enter their own drawings for library books read and attending scheduled events and programs, organizers said. These programs include luncheons, author visits, knitting and scrapbooking lessons, book discussions and daily trivia. Prizes awarded for attending include tote bags filled with literacy products, five dinner and movie tickets for two and a Kindle Fire as the grand prize. Adults may enroll anytime.

Adults may also participate in a new contest, “Upcycled Books.” The contest encourages participants to find new ways to use old books. First and second place winners will win cash prizes.

Current library cards are required to attend all programs. To learn more or enroll for a program call the library at (580) 254-8544.

*Participants who are unable to attend enrollment will not be excluded from the program or events.