The Lubbock Public Library System is holding their annual summer reading program through August 5. The program is to encourage youth to read when school is not in session.
The program is composed of two age groups, birth to 5th grade and 6th through 12th.
To complete the challenge, children must complete 25 books by the end date. They may read on their own, or, if they are not able, they can have books read to them.
"I like reading. I'm learning to read with my mom. I mean, by myself," said Alexavier Hernandez, 6.
As the librarian was walking him through how the program works, he could not contain his excitement. This is his first year to participate.
Requirements for the older group, or the "teen" summer reading, are a little different. Upon signing up, each is given a "game card" to unlock certain achievements. After completing 10 activities, they are awarded a prize and entered for a drawing with others for more prizes. After a game card is complete, they can receive another for different prizes and more chances of winning.
While the game card is only for the teen summer reading program, each program rewards participants for their accomplishments along the way. Some prizes include free movie tickets, meals, and tokens at restaurants and entertainment venues around Lubbock—all generously donated by business sponsors of the program.
The program also includes events for each age group. Events occur at all locations and are listed with the information pages when they register. Space is limited, so events require "tickets" for children or advanced registration for teens. All events are free.
"Summer reading is great. You will love it. Come to your public library and sign up today!" said Julie Baldwin, the children's librarian at Godeke Public Library.
To register, visit the information desk at the library. Registration is free and easy.
More information about the Lubbock Public Library Summer Reading Program can be found at their website, http://library.ci.lubbock.tx.us/, or at each of the libraries locations.
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