Every kid in Delta County has the opportunity to earn a T-shirt, a book, a gift certificate and other prizes this summer just for participating in Delta County Libraries' summer reading program. And, they can do it while dancing, singing, creating, exploring, reading, and eating ice cream. Add to this the fact that there is no registration fee and it is clear that participation in the program is a no-brainer for Delta County families.
"Our goal is to keep kids engaged and reading through the summer so that they do not lose skills gained during the school year," says LaDonna Gunn, assistant district director of Delta County Libraries. "This year's theme, 'Libraries Rock,' gives us the opportunity to inspire participants to read while also providing a schedule of fun, dynamic programs for the whole family."
The eight-week program for children and teens offers weekly activities, presenters, maker spaces, scavenger hunts, prizes, performances, and incentives for reading, all with a musical theme. "During the opening week of June 4, we invite the entire family to their local library for a musical ice cream social," says Gunn. "Staff will be available to register attendees, provide program schedules and information, and serve ice cream."
At registration, children and teen participants will receive logs to track their reading time both in and out of the library. Upon completion of the first 12 hours of reading, each participant will earn a Libraries Rock T-shirt.
"This is the first time in years we have offered T-shirts for program completion," says Gunn. "It is a decision that we made based on the appeal of this year's design and the anticipated increase in participation."
Adults are encouraged to register as well. "Many people do not know that we also offer an adult program with events and incentives for reading," Gunn says. "The grand prize drawing for adults at each library will include a T-shirt and other items, like books and gift certificates to local businesses."
In early April library staff mailed out letters to hundreds of businesses and organizations throughout Delta County asking for sponsorships and other contributions, including volunteers and in-kind donations.
"This is a community sustained program," explains district director, Lea Hart. "We need to raise $10 per kid in order to provide eight weeks of programming, with incentives, for every kid in Delta County."
"Based on last year's numbers we expect about 650 kids to participate in 2018," states Hart. "But, with the additional incentive of earning a T-shirt and the fun, musical theme, we are expecting more."
Registration for the 2018 program opens on Monday, May 21, and is available in-person at the libraries and online at www.deltalibraries.org, "Summer Reading." To learn more about the 2018 summer reading program and to offer your support, please contact your local library.