Summer Reading Program kicks off

By Michaela Priddy

The Grayson County Public Library’s summer reading program started this week after their kick-off Saturday, June 4 with over 300 people in total arriving throughout the cloudy day.

The summer reading program helps young children and teens in the county to keep reading during the summer by keeping reading logs and doing different activities to earn summer reading dollars for rewards.

“It’s important enough for schools to encourage kids to join,” Children’s Librarian Laura Lindsey said.

The reading program separates children into three sections, Pre-K through third grade, fourth through fifth grade, and sixth through twelfth grade. Each section has their own theme.

Pre-K through third grade activities will focus on sports and may come any time during the dates provided on the calendar. Fourth through fifth grades’ theme this year is Harry Potter and will meet once a week to watch the movies for three weeks. The sixth through twelfth graders’ theme is Star Wars. They will also being watching those movies for three weeks in June.

At the end of the program, the younger children in pre-K through third will take the summer reading dollars they earned for both reading and participating each week and spend this “money” for prizes provided by the summer reading store. Fourth, fifth and the teens will have a reward week on the last week in June. Only kids who came at least two weeks out of the three will be able to get their reward.

In July, there will be a family week, where families will compete and craft during the “Book Olympics.”

So far, almost 200 people have signed up for the summer reading program, and the program is open to more. Parents can sign their children up for the program throughout June.

“The sooner they sign up, the sooner they can start earning reading dollars. They earn it from day one,” Lindsey said.

More information on registering, program dates and activities can be found at the Grayson County Public Library.

By Michaela Priddy

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