Summer seems a long ways away during these blustery January days in southern Iowa. But JeNel Allen-Barth, Children’s Librarian at the Drake Public Library is busy making plans for the Summer Reading Program 2013. The theme is “Dig into Reading” for all readers 0-15 years old.
The program is funded by the Friends of the Drake Public Library. The group pays for incentives, gathers prizes from local businesses, and also pays for the entertainment programs.
Registration is free and the only requirement for participation is to be a registered card holder at the Drake Public Library. Participants keep track of time read and receive prizes for every hour spent reading or being read to by another person. T-shirts, pizza certificates, books, and other treats are handed out for reading.
Participation is important for children because over the summer, kids lose reading comprehension if they spend the entire summer not reading. By keeping it fun, providing incentives, and tracking minutes read, children look forward to books! Summer Reading Programs have been in place at public libraries for decades.
Allen-Barth is looking for volunteers that would like to present a program or share a special talent to a group of children. If you would like to help out, give her a call at 641-856-6676 at the Drake Public Library on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday.