Summer reading program off to good start

REED CITY — Dream big, read!

The 2012 Summer Reading Program at the Reed City Public Library is a fun way to keep kids of all ages reading throughout the summer so they can continue to develop their reading skills. A kickoff event this past weekend gave kids and family a fun outing to Westerberg Park while they registered. Library staff and volunteers helped children with various activities, including an obstacle course, water balloon toss, making bubbles, getting tattoos or fishing for prizes.

A picnic table was covered with stars children decorated to be displayed at the library all summer. Whispering Pines Mobile Zoo was also there with a petting zoo for everyone to enjoy. Feeding the goats, of course, brought the most giggles among the crowd. Every once in a while the donkey had to vocalize that he was around as well.

Two hours of free family fun was a great way to get the summer program started.

Summer Reading will be held every Tuesday at the Reed City Public Library. Programs for Preschool through first grade are scheduled at 11 a.m. and those for second- through fifth-graders are at 1 p.m. A short “Do I know my library” questionnaire completed by everyone who registers, repeated also at the completion of the program, can be turned in for a free book. Children receive a reading log to keep track of how many minutes they have read and when turned in weekly, they are eligible for prizes or gift certificates from businesses throughout town. Up to three prizes per person can be earned each week!

Night themed programs including a look into Stars, Owls and Creatures of the Deep provide an adventure for children as they work on their reading skills. Take home crafts will be available every week as well, allowing them to bring the adventure home to share.

The summer program ends on Aug. 7 with a final ceremony. Every child registered will be entered in a grand prize drawing. They can earn additional entries for each weekly prize they win.

For those who just can’t get enough reading, there is also a program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays for all ages. Read to the Dogs is a program in joint effort with Spectrum Health in Reed City during which children can read to trained service dogs.

Schools out for summer, however, the Reed City Library is the place to be to help your child continue reading and have some fun at the same time.