Library program continues to offer incentives to young readers |

Library program continues to offer incentives to young readers

What may seem like the hundredth year of the Library Reading Program, will only be in the double digits.

The traditional Library Reading Incentive Program began again this year, with a new title.

Registration for the Mr. Bookworm and Ms. Dewey Reading Incentive program started June 6 and went through June 16 at three Moffat County libraries. Any child in the area at the time could register regardless of residency. Children began counting their book and hours read for prizes from the library on June 16 when the summer program officially started. However, anyone who missed registration may still take part.

During this program, children record how many hours or the number of books they read from June 16 to July 31. They may count by books or by minutes, depending on their reading capabilities. Hours that someone reads to the child may also be counted.

Children then move from level to level. There are three levels that the child can try to reach, with different prizes at each level. To get to the first level, they must read 10 books or the equivalent of five hours. They must repeat this to move on to the second and third level.

“The different levels are to encourage kids to keep reading,” said director Donna Watkins.

After the child has completed a level, they receive one book of their choice. The prizes themselves are incentives for children to keep reading.

“We hope that every child gets a book,” Watkins said.

At the second and third levels, they can receive candy bars or fast food gift certificates but the primary prizes are books. This is not a competition for the most hours, as it has been in the past.

“We found that it got too competitive,” Watkins said.

Currently, the program has about 300 children registered. That number varies because of vacations, moving children, dropouts and add-ins. The staff anticipates 500 children to be involved in the program, sometime during the summer months.

The program has been going for at least the last 25 years. It has expanded over the years, now including registration, different prizes and special incentives for the students.

Children’s story time, festival in works

Near the end of the summer, on Aug. 7, the Moffat County Library will have a festival for all children in Moffat County from 2 to 4 p.m. The festival will start with a flag dedication and gun salute from members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars. There will be educational booths for children inside.

Children can expect to learn flag etiquette, bike safety, table setting, soap making, weaving, spinning yarn and more.

There also will be a fire truck on display. Popcorn and treats will be available during this event.

“Children do not have to be a part of the summer reading lab to come to this,” Watkins said. “It is for any child in the area. Just come and enjoy!”

The library decided on having this large festival, instead of smaller activities every week, because of the amount of work that includes planning each week.

“We simply don’t have the manpower,” Watkins said.

Another activity a child may take part in at the Moffat County Library, is the Thursday Reading Hour. This is for any child up to age six and it takes place at 10 a.m. every Thursday.

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