London Public Library will kick off its summer reading program by showcasing animals from the Columbus Zoo at 6:30 p.m. June 14.
(Posted June 9, 2010)
The London Public Library is gearing up for a summer full of fun activities and reading. The summer reading program starts June 14.
"We are offering reading challenges, exciting programs and a galore of prizes for all ages," said Mike Hensel, youth services librarian.
Columbus Zoo representatives will bring animals to the library at 6:30 p.m. June 14. Other summer activities will include water fun, pirates, bugs, frogs, game days and lots of reading.
"This year, we are raising the bar on our reading challenge as well as the level of fun and rewards," Hensel said.
This year the library has extended its reading challenge to eight weeks and has revamped the way youths will participate. Each week, they are required to read at least one to three books, depending on the type of book. For those who have a bigger appetite for reading, the "Super Reader" challenge requires two to five books a week.
"We really wanted to challenge our youth this summer because staying active in reading is vital to combating whats called ‘summer reading loss," Hensel said. Researchers studied and proved that youth begin to lose their literacy edge during the summer months when they are not involved in regular reading.
Reading is only one component of the summer program.
"We are going to have a treasure chest full of prizes waiting for our readers as they make their way through the challenge," Hensel said.
This year the library is giving away a grand prize to two youths (different age groups) for reading the most books throughout the summer. The prizes have not been determined but are expected to be well worth the challenge.
Each participate who completes the challenge will receive a free book of their choice, compliments of the Friends of the Library. This is the second year the Friends have provided the extra incentive.
The library is located at 20 E. First Street in London and online at www.mylondonlibrary.org.