Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Hurry! Summer Reading Sign Up Ends Tomorrow!

If you haven't signed your child up for summer reading yet, you still have time! We will be signing children up today until we close at 8:00 and then again tomorrow from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Hopefully, those of you who have children in school received the following letter from Stephanie, our Children and Youth Librarian:

With another school year quickly coming to a close it is time once again to start thinking about summer reading. This year at Alliance Public Library our theme is “Be Creative @ Your Library”, and we are looking forward to six weeks of fun, great prizes and excellent shows at the library!

This year’s program is open to all area students entering 1st through 12th grade. The program begins on Wednesday, May 20th, and ends on Wednesday July 1st. Pizza Hut will once again be donating our weekly pizza prizes for students who make their reading goal. Bruce Lundy and his staff always go above and beyond in supporting this program!

The Read for a Ride program will also run this year in conjunction with our summer reading program. Read for a Ride is a partnership between the Alliance Chamber of Commerce and the Alliance Public Library in which students who meet all six weeks of their reading goals have a chance at winning a wristband for use on either Wednesday or Thursday night of the 2009 Heritage Days Carnival. Last year, 228 students met all their goals and each of them was awarded a wristband! Of course, none of this would be possible were it not for our local businesses and individuals who donate to this program and the awesome help I have in running it from Chamber Director Dixie Nelson! This is really a great incentive to get your kids out reading and, while the program is challenging, it is a reward in itself to see how proud they can be of a job well done and the pride they take in earning something for themselves.

Registration for this program will be held every Monday through Friday from 8:00-4:00 p.m. at the library. Your last day to register will be Wednesday, May 20th. Please take advantage of this great opportunity to get your kids out doing something positive this summer! I always like to close with this reminder. . .children that participate actively in reading through their summer breaks have statistically returned back to school in the fall at or above the reading level they ended with. So, what are you waiting for? Bring your child up to join us for a great summer of reading and fun @ your library!

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