Dig Into Reading Is Summer Reading Theme at Library

The 2013 Summer Reading Program at Washington Public Library begins Tuesday, May 28. For the next 10 weeks, the library has scheduled a wide range of events for patrons of all ages.

Last year almost 1,300 children from toddlers to age 18 participated in the summer reading program. This year’s theme, “Dig into Reading,” is reflected in the summer’s calendar of events, which include a presentation by an archaeologist, a treasure dig at “Pirate School,” a “Get the Dirt on Worms” program, a time capsule dig and a “Dead and Buried” Trivia Night, to name a few.

A full calendar of events is available at the library or on the library’s website, Washmolib.org.

In addition to the special events, story times resume at the library Tuesday, June 4, and continue until July 12. Twenty-four storytimes are scheduled during the six-week block.

Children ages 3 to 6 will dig deep into picture books, fingerplays, singing and crafting at Preschool Story Time on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Session repeats on Fridays at 10 a.m.

Toddlers under age 3 “gopher” storytime fun on Wednesdays at 9 and 10 a.m. No registration is necessary.

Not only does the library offer a full calendar of events during the summer months, but an incentive program for readers of all ages takes place. Children in fifth grade and below can earn a series of rewards, including a “Dig-A-Prize,” a dinosaur mask, a dinosaur grabber and a “Dig Into Reading” T-shirt. Since the library supports early literacy, even pre-readers can earn these rewards by being read to.

Children in the sixth grade to age 18 have the opportunity to earn a secret decoder spy pen and to participate in a series of four raffles to possibly win $20 Target and Cinema 1 Plus gift cards.

Adults reading at least four books will be rewarded a Washington Library book bag while reading seven books entitles them to an invitation to the “Dead and Buried” Trivia Night on Friday, Aug. 2, at 6:30 p.m.

The children’s Summer Reading Program is generously funded by the United Way of Franklin County.