‘Dig Into Reading’ this summer at the library
By Tammy Kimberley
Wave Staff Writer
When kids search for something fun and challenging to do while school is not in session, they need look no further than the Liberty Lake Municipal Library. During its summer reading program, kids are encouraged to earn prizes by reading and to attend special events designed around this year's theme of "Dig Into Reading."
Registration began mid-June, but kids can pick up a reading log up until August 10 when the program concludes. The program is open to all ages, from those who need help reading to independent readers to teens and adults.
"Literature shows us that if you don't use it, you lose it," Katie Wiykovics, children's services associate, said. "We want to keep kids reading over summer, and this is a fun way to motivate them."
Kids are encouraged to stop by the library to sign up and grab the appropriate reading log for their age. Minutes are tracked in 15-minute segments, and when kids hit certain milestones they are eligible to claim prizes and a new book.
Children's Services Assistant Amy Dickeson said she believes a combination of the prizes (many of which are provided by Friends of the Liberty Lake Library) and the activities keeps kids coming regularly to the library over the summer. She said those who establish good summer reading habits are more likely to keep their skills fresh for when they return to school in the fall.
"Don't wait to the last minute each day to read," Amy said. "Make a habit of reading in the morning or when you wake up. Bring books in the car when you run errands or go on a trip, unless you get car sick."
Because this year's program is "Dig Into Reading," many of the activities and prizes go along with the underground theme. The biggest change in the summer reading program for this year is that the annual carnival is being replaced by a "Minute to Win It" family night. It will take place on Aug. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the library and will still feature games, tickets and prizes.
The librarians said they love connecting kids with books that open the door to learning and take them on adventures.
"Books can take you anywhere in the world and even into fantasy worlds," Katie said. "There's something for everyone at the library."