Reading program encourages

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At this time last year, 9-year-old Tierra Reeves hated to read. Then her grandmother registered her for the Moffat County Libraries summer reading program. Now Reeves has a growing collection of books, and her grandmother said she's rearing to sign up for this year's program.

"We've had that story repeated to us over and over," library assistant Linda Knoche said. "We try to find kids the right book -- a fun book -- then they start reading because they learn to enjoy it."

Registration opens Monday for the library's summer reading program, which runs through July 22. Those who want to participate -- children age 3 or older -- can sign up all summer.

"Even small children who can't read can be read to, and those hours counted toward the program," children's room library assistant Linda Putnam said.

Participants receive a reading log when they register. They log every 30 minutes of reading or every book, whichever they choose.

When they reach the first level -- eight books or four hours of reading, they get a new book. Reaching the next level gets them their choice of another new book or a coupon from a local business, pool pass or miniature golf pass. Level 3 is an opportunity to choose from another set of prizes.

For every level that a participant reaches beyond the third, their name is entered into a gran-prize drawing.

"There are just a lot of fun little things," Putnam said.

Youths aren't limited to books when they're charting time spent reading. Magazines, newspapers and audio books are included.

Children also can win a candy bar each time they play a game that helps familiarize them with the library and literature. Participants can be sent on 12 "quests" -- to find specific books or themes. Each time they are successful, their reward is oh so sweet.

The program culminates Aug. 11 with the traditional summer reading celebration -- a medievil festival including three hours of fun and games with prizes for reading and for attending a puppet show and listening to a story teller.

"Medievil is our theme this year, so we'll have activities to reflect that," Putnam said.

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