Four-year-olds Cheyenne Gensler, left, and Dario Alexander plop down to read a book before heading home from St. Mark's Preschool. The Moffat County Libraries in Craig, Maybell and Dinosaur are scheduled to begin their first winter reading program Monday. Residents of all ages can participate and may register at their local library until the program ends March 27. The libraries plan to make the program an annual event.

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Four-year-olds Cheyenne Gensler, left, and Dario Alexander plop down to read a book before heading home from St. Mark's Preschool. The Moffat County Libraries in Craig, Maybell and Dinosaur are scheduled to begin their first winter reading program Monday. Residents of all ages can participate and may register at their local library until the program ends March 27. The libraries plan to make the program an annual event.

Library to launch winter reading program

Residents of all ages can participate in new 12-week program to help escape the weather

At a glance

Moffat County Libraries winter reading program

• Takes place Monday through March 27.

• Libraries in Craig, Maybell and Dinosaur participating.

• Participants ages 11 and older can enter their names in a prize drawing after every book they read during program.

• One prize drawing takes place every month.

• Participants ages 10 and younger win a prize for reading 16 hours or 16 books during the program.

• Residents can register at any time during program.

• For more information, call 824-5116.

— Moffat County Libraries hope to help youths and adults beat the winter blues with books.

To that end, the system is launching a winter reading program this month. Library staff members hope to make it an annual event.

"It just seems in the winter there's not that much to do," said Trish Snyder, a library assistant at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries. "Reading - what a great way to escape the weather."

The reading program is scheduled to start Monday and end March 27. Library branches in Craig, Maybell and Dinosaur are participating. Residents can enroll at any time during the three-month period.

Here's how it works: Children age 10 and younger keep a record of how many books and hours they read during the program. When they finish 16 books or read 16 hours, they automatically are registered for a reward.

Local teens and adults can participate, too.

Residents ages 11 and older submit their names into a drawing at the library for every book they read during the 12-week program. Drawings are held once a month for a variety of prizes, which include lotion for the ladies and a flashlight for male participants.

Library staff tailored the reading program toward getting adults back into the habit of reading, Snyder said.

She knows from experience that balancing books and a busy life is difficult.

"I used to be an avid reader," she said.

Then, she had a family, and she had less time to spend reading.

"I know how life happens," she said. "Sometimes, you don't have that time."

But one local youth recently enrolled in the program for a different reason.

Sara Kurz, 17, said she plans to use the reading program as a way to reward herself for the reading she already completes on a regular basis.

Kurz, a Moffat County High School junior, reads before bed every night and also has assigned reading at school.

The library's reading program offers her and other local students an additional perk. They can get credit for the reading they are required to complete in school.

"I have to read in school anyway," she said. "Why not do it for a prize?"

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