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Summer Reading Programs for Tiny Tots, Kids, Teens and Adults Begin May 18

The Library’s annual Summer Reading Program begins Saturday, May 18. What will it be for you? A spine-tingler? A legal suspense?

Librarians can help you find exactly what you want, and we’ll reward you for reading – no matter how old you are. The program runs Saturday through August 3 and is funded by the Friends of the Library with additional funding from the Missouri State Library.

The rewards are great, especially for young readers. Research shows that public library summer reading programs enhance student achievement in school. With tiny tots, reading, playing and singing are the best ways to help them get ready to learn to read.

Children age 4 through fifth grade can drop by a library branch or Mobile Library for a game board and begin logging their hours to win a Food ‘n’ Fun Flipcard of free and discounted treats and attractions from area sponsors. As they read more, they can earn a Fresh Start Fine Waiver Card, a free book and enter the Eager Reader Challenge for more prizes. Learn more at thelibrary.org/digintoreading.

Readers in grades 6-12 can sign up online, read and post reviews and earn the Flipcard and Fresh Start Fine Waiver Card. As they read, they can enter weekly drawings for prizes. Grand prize drawing Aug. 5 is for a Kindle Fire. Learn more at thelibrary.org/beneath.

Kids and teens who spend summer at day camps and clubs can take part, too. Library staff brings the program to them through Summer Reading To Go.

Adults can register at any branch by listing their first five completed books and receive an “I Love My Library” window cling. Or, register online at thelibrary.org/groundbreakingreads. Everyone will be entered into a drawing on Aug. 5 for prizes. Keep reading and submit book reviews online.

Parents of children from birth through 36 months have a new program that provides the tools for reading, playing and singing with little ones to build their pre-reading skills. It’s patterned after the Library’s signature early literacy program, Racing to Read. Pick up the Tiny Tots game board in any children’s department to record 10 books and complete five of the simple activities. Then exchange the finished board for a free book from the library and enter a drawing for other prizes.

Kathleen O’Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@thelibrary.org.

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