For anyone looking to sit down and relax with a good book this summer - the Traverse Area District Library (TADL) wants to give you a little more incentive to do so.
After having a summer reading program for years, this is the first time the TADL is implementing the national summer reading program - which is science themed this year.
The program is for all ages. Toddlers will focus on literacy experiences, such as singing a nursery rhyme and attending a library animal program. Parents will receive a tote bag and a book for their child when the experience card is completed. Young children through teens will have to read a book and complete and experience related to it - for example, reading about animals and coming to the library animal program, or reading about sports and attending a sporting event. Adults will be entered for weekly drawings for books read.
While you can complete experiences on your own, the library will offer enough to cover all twelve in the program.
Library representatives said research shows if kids don't read six or more books during the summer, they don't maintain their reading level come fall. So, for reading six or more books and completing accompanying experiences, TADL will enter participants for grand prizes ranging from Moomers ice cream and Lucky Jack's laser tag group parties to a monthly book club membership at Brilliant Books.
If you visit all six TADL locations, you'll achieve the expedition experience and be entered to win a Kindle.
"This program is such a great family experience - parents can model reading to their children," stated Cathy Lancaster, the TADL Coordinator of Youth Services. "Whether they're reading magazines or newspapers, or articles online, or they're reading novels - that's really showing their children that reading is part of everyday life no matter what age you are."
The summer reading program will take place from June 18 through July 30, but you can register online now. Registration will end July 16 because you need to be in the program for at least two weeks. Vacationers are encouraged to participate.
The program finale will take place July 30 at Hull Park behind Woodmere.