Enquirer Herald

Library using new trick to get kids reading

Local librarians hope children "catch the reading bug" this summer.

That's the theme of this year's summer reading program which kicks off June 9 and lasts through Aug. 1. Children between the ages of 3 and 12 are encouraged to attend weekly programs put on by mostly out-of-county performers.

"These programs are by performers who are outside the county, magicians, puppeteers, drama groups, theater groups," said Jennifer Stanley, a children's librarian in York.

In Clover, activities will be held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. In York, they will be on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. and again at 4 p.m.

The program isn't all fun and games, though. To successfully complete the program and be eligible for prizes, the students have to read a certain number of hours. The number of hours hasn't been set yet for this year, but in the past it's been between 10 and 20 hours.

"It's on the honor system," said Terry Cobb, Clover branch manager. "They have a little reading record that they can keep up with their time. Once they've finished their allotted time they bring their reading record back in and they receive a prize and their name goes in for a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer."

The goal is to promote literacy among children by starting them young, Stanley said.

"We want for literacy to carry from summer into the school year and from the school year into the summer."

The library will also be having programs for adults and teens through the summer.

The teen reading program is for rising sixth graders through rising 12th graders. This year that theme is called "Metamorphosis."

"We're trying to show about changing things around," Stanley said. "We're going to have an altered books program in June, some jewelry making programs, origami programs and then we have our gaming tournaments with the Wii system."

For more information, check out the York County Library's Web site at yclibrary.org. For a complete schedule of summer events, call the York Library at 684-3751 or the Clover Library at 222-3474.