Game on: Moffat County ‘Readopoly’ Winter Reading Program underway
CRAIG — Fun and games are to be found at the library this winter.
Readopoly is the theme for the 2018 annual winter reading program at Moffat County Libraries, underway now through March.
“We’ve tried to include a little something for everyone,” said Library Assistant Tania Bade.
She and the team at the library have been working since August to create a program that would encourage children and adults to read.
“Wintertime is a good time for family games,” Bade said.
It’s also a good time to read, and bringing the two pastimes together offered the library a way to add some extra fun to reading.
The Dinosaur and Maybell branches of the library are also participating in the program.
To play, library patrons of all ages sign-up for the free program and receive a game board reading log. They then use the log to track their reading progress and earn opportunities to win incentive prizes and free books.
Registration helps the library know how many people are participating in the program. While the number of participants in 2017 was not available, close to 700 people participated in the summer reading program.
“A lot less people participate in the winter,” Bade said.
She said she hopes the fresh theme will encourage broader participation, and only days into the program, the response has been “good so far,” she said.
In addition to reading logs and weekly preschool story times, the Craig branch of the library is holding family story times, a special book signing and game nights in partnership with Village Inn. It is also joining the elementary school literacy fair, and both Craig and Dinosaur branches of the library will hold Winter Book Club for children age 10 and older.
Book club participants are encouraged to read selected books, then will meet the last Saturday of each month.
“It’s an opportunity to get kids together to discuss books and show that reading can be fun and not just schoolwork,” Bade said.
Another new program, game nights at Village Inn, seek to bring families together to compete for free dessert, meal discounts and Winter Book Club books.
“Partnering with Village Inn is something new, and we are super excited about it,” Bade said.
Children age 10 and younger eat free, and they and their families can enjoy games and activities with plenty of prizes
Not sure what to read? The staff at the Craig library created a game of chance to help people choose good books or read something they might not normally select themselves.
“We have chance cards to suggest a book if someone is looking for something new,” Bade said.
Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.