The numbers for the first week of the summer reading program are in for the six local libraries and they are off to a good start!
In week one of summer reading, there are 2,500 children who have registered and reported reading 7000 books.
"We are off to a really good start and our system goal for all six locations is to have 3000 children read and report 100,000 books,” said John McIntire Library Executive Director, Blair Tom. “We have a long way to go but we think it is a really great start and really a great tribute to teachers and families that know that it is important to bring their children to library and read during the summer."
Tom says an integral part of the program is that children set a personal goal which earns them incentives from area businesses and then select a free paperback book.
"But they work on that as a family and we are happy to help them think through those steps and we think it is a valuable critical thinking skill as an add on of the summer reading program."
The library system also has weekly add-on’s which are free, enrichment opportunities that students can adjust to fit summer plans.