The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

May 30, 2013

More than books

Hello Clinton!

I mentioned summer reading in last week’s column. Let’s go into more detail.

Kids can win amazing prizes this summer by signing up for the summer reading program at the library. Stop in at either the Main or Lyons branch in June or July to register. All ages are welcome.

Parents: Sign up your baby (newborn to 2 years) and enter your name for a chance to win a gift basket full of supplies that all parents with little ones need.

Children (3 years old and older) who participate in the Summer Reading program will receive great prizes such as free food coupons, books, free passes to places in town and more. Children who have just finished fourth and fifth grade and complete the program will be entered to win an e-reader! Beat the heat this summer by coming to the library for many great and fun free programs.

The teen summer reading program runs through July 24, with the completion party being held on July 31. There will be many programs and events for teens, including video game nights, creative writing circles, movie nights, book discussions that involve making wands inspired by the Harry Potter series, camp T-shirts inspired by the Heroes of Olympus series, and our own anime convention. Teens complete log sheets to track their progress. Prizes — including an e-reader, themed baskets and gift cards/certificates from various local businesses — will be awarded to those who complete the program.

Adults can participate too. Simply fill out an entry slip for each book read beginning on June 1 to enter weekly prize drawings. Entrants are eligible to win only one weekly prize. Drawings are held on Fridays in June and July, starting June 7. Weekly winners remain in the pool for the grand prize. One grand prize winner will be chosen July 31. Watch the library web site, Facebook, Twitter and this column for winner announcements.

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