Library program to begin May 25
Story by: Julie Fiedler
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For many people, there's no sensation quite like cracking open a book and diving in as worlds, both real and imagined, unfold at the turn of every page.
The Fort Riley Post Library will help foster a love of reading with a kick-off event for its summer reading program from 1 to 3 p.m. May 25 at the library.
The kickoff event will feature a bouncy house with a slide, dunk tank, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and face painting, as well as free hot dogs, chips and drinks.
Backpacks stuffed with goodies, like pencils and bracelets, will be given away while supplies last.
The event was a big hit last year, said Lesilie Mann, alternate project manager, Fort Riley Post Library, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
"It's our sign up and our kickoff," Mann said.
The Summer Reading Program, which runs from May 25 to July 26, is divided into three age groups: toddlers, ages 2 to 5; young children, ages 6 to 9; and older children, ages 10 to 14.
The program also accommodates children who read above or below their age levels.
Points are awarded for reading, as well as participating in various activities, like Story Time and the Ice Cream Social.
"They don't always have to just read," Mann said. "If they come to Story Time, that equals a point."
Another way for children to earn points is by exploring the local area.
"We're going to do passports this summer," Mann said. "We're going to put a list in it of suggested places that are local to go, that are free or close to free."
Children who visit a spot like the Milford Nature Center or Kansas State University Insect Zoo and log an entry in their passport will receive a special stamp and incentive prize. Completed passports with seven activities are worth one point.
Throughout the program, incentive prizes will be awarded to help keep children engaged.
"We have incentive prizes along the way," he said. "We always have little things that keep them coming back in."
First-, second- and third-place prizes, like an iPod, Kindle and more will be awarded to participants with the most points for each age group.
Participants must earn at least 35 points to complete the program and attend a pizza pool party.
"We just try to keep kids engaged, keep their brains active and get them in our library, so they can read," Mann said.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information on the library Summer Reading Program, visit http://rileymwr.com/library.