REED CITY — Group after group of children from Norman Elementary School walked to the Reed City Library recently to take a tour and hear all about the summer program the library offers.

Heather Symon, director, gave them information about the One World, Many Stories theme for this summer, then took them on a tour of the library. The students received take-home sheets describing the summer reading program which will have a kickoff event from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, June 24, at Westerburg Park in Reed City.

Children can register at the kickoff, as well as enjoy Olympic-inspired games, snacks, and entertainment. The latter will begin at 6 p.m.

The children may also design a piece of artwork at the registration booth. The artwork will be displayed throughout the summer.

Children also may register at the library any time after the kickoff event.

The actual program will begin on Tuesday, June 28, and meet each Tuesday thereafter.

Preschoolers through first grade will gather at 11 a.m., and second through fifth graders will meet at 1 p.m. There will be culture-themed programs including Japanese Bonsai, Egyptian Regalia, Native American Crafts, and many more special programs.

According to the handout material, there also will be an opportunity for children to earn prizes for reading.

Preschoolers through first graders will receive a prize from the prize box or a gift certificate for every 15 minutes of reading, while second through fifth graders will receive a prize or gift certificate for each half hour of reading.

Teens will be rewarded similarly for each hour they complete.

Up to three prizes may be earned each week, and a reading log will help the child keep track of reading time. More information is available on the handout sheets, or at the library.

A grand prize drawing will be held on Tuesday, August 9, in the Reed City Library Community Room, and children will be increasing their chances of winning by being rewarded with an extra entry for each weekly prize they earn.

During the time at the library on tour day, the youngsters were asked if any took part last year, and several did so. Asked about what they remember, One noted, “I don’t know all about it, but I got to pick books and keep them a while.” Another one remembered it was fun to read to “the dog,” and there will be dogs brought in for that purpose again this summer.

Crafts also will be available for youngsters in the program, but those who can’t attend can stop by the library and pick up crafts as well, Symon said.