Young book lovers will have the chance to win prizes by attending this year’s Longview Public Library Summer Reading Club.
Registration for the club, whose theme is “Oceans of Possibilities”, is open.
“I would probably say that over the last 10 years,[the summer book club]has really been used a lot, and it’s really become a community staple for the summer,” the director of the library, Jennifer Eldridge.
She said the program is important for two main reasons: encouraging children’s reading through incentives and providing a free summer activity for families.
Kids might feel more prone to binge-watching TV and not keeping their minds active during the summer, Eldridge said, adding that kids who don’t regularly engage their minds have the potential to back off a bit. school level.
Regular reading can help prevent backward slippage, she said.
Registration and participation in the program is free and open to children up to 12 years old. Registration can be done online or in person at the library. Although a library card is not required to participate in the program, people are encouraged to obtain one in order to be able to borrow books.
Once registered, attendees will have a journal they can fill out with anything they read as part of the club, Eldridge said.
“They have to do a full week of reading or activities, and it’s all based on the journal. … After a week, they can come and redeem for a prize,” she said.
Entrants who qualify for a prize can choose an item from a toy box, and tweens and teens have a choice of an activity or candy, Eldridge said.
In addition to the book club, the library has also set up free daily activities during the summer — from craft days and shows to movie days, story times and play days, Eldridge said.
The activities will take place six days a week for six weeks and will begin on June 6.
The program does not have a required reading list and children are encouraged to read whatever interests them, Eldridge said. Library staff can help find books, she added.
“If you’re already reading at home, you might as well come to the library because we have a lot of great incentives,” Eldridge said.
The library will host an official Summer Reading Club launch party from 10 a.m. to noon on June 3 at the Eastman Library Plaza. The party should have a DJ, bouncy house, food, and activities. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information or to register online, visit tinyurl.com/longviewreadingclub2022 .