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Moffat County Libraries winter reading program begins this week

Children's library coordinator Sally Beauchamp displays the prize selections available through the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries. The prizes are part of the library's latest reading program, "Reading Is Snow Much Fun!" starting this week.

Reading Is Snow Much Fun!

Nov. 26 to Feb. 28

Moffat County Libraries

— The winter reading program is open to all ages and includes prizes such as new books and more as readership increases. For more information, call 970-824-5116.

In the coming months, the Moffat County Libraries plan to show both kids and adults that reading is pretty cool.

Starting Tuesday, the libraries will be offering a new reading program, titled "Reading Is Snow Much Fun!" The winter-themed literacy activity, which will run through the end of February, is available to readers of every age.

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The program is similar to fall's "Ready-Set-Read," with participants marking their progress by coloring in a seasonal shape — in this case, a penguin — for each book or 25 pages they read, depending on their reading level. However, there is an increased incentive this time, with different levels amounting to different prizes.

Level one is the same as "Ready-Set-Read," offering a free book of the reader's choice. Levels two and three include a variety of toys and other items for younger children and teenagers.

Adults who join in the program can enter monthly drawings for their prizes.

Part of "Reading Is Snow Much Fun!" is a plethora of helpful information for families to keep everyone interested in books, magazines, newspapers and other print media about all subjects.

Sally Beauchamp, coordinator for the Craig branch's children's library, said the aim is to keep people reading year-round, with "Ready-Set-Read" taking place in the fall and spring, surrounding the summer program, which takes place from May to August.

The promise of a wide array of new books ready for ownership helps motivate kids, Beauchamp said.

"The kids love to be able to get a brand-new book, and I've got a big honking cart full of them," she said.

The library purchases books in bulk from Scholastic ranging from picture books designed for infants to young adult chapter books.

"We try to have everything possible: girl books, boy books, sports books, animal books," she said. "There's something for everyone because they all have different interests."

Jennifer Bernal, library assistant, said she has seen an increase of young readers in the past few months since starting at the Craig branch in August.

"We've noticed more kids getting interested in reading and more kids coming in for story-time, and there's a good mixture of younger and older kids," she said. "They really seem to enjoy it."

Beauchamp began working at the library about two months ago and has loved her time there. Prior to that, she was a paraprofessional for Ridgeview Elementary School.

"I still get a lot of the kids from there who come in to see me because they miss me, and the other day, I had a couple middle school boys came in to say hi and give me a hug," she said. "It was hard for me to leave Ridgeview because I loved where I was at, but it's helped me where I am now, and I still get to work with kids, which is really important to me."

Andy Bockelman can be reached at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

Reading Is Snow Much Fun!

Nov. 26 to Feb. 28

Moffat County Libraries

— The winter reading program is open to all ages and includes prizes such as new books and more as readership increases. For more information, call 970-824-5116.