Naperville Public Library’s summer reading program is underway, and the library is buzzing as patrons sign up for fun and prizes.
If swaying in a hammock reading a good book isn’t incentive enough, the library will offer prizes to get children, teens and adults turning the pages through Aug. 2.
“Children love the incentives and strive to get cool prizes and coupons by reading,” said Rashmi Mehrotra, children services supervisor. “The more children read, the more chances for the grand raffle prize — a basket of games, books, coupons and Lego Creator set.”
For the children’s summer reading program, Paws to Read, prizes include an Animal Camera Viewer, puppy paddle ball, zoo animal mask and many more toys.
“For every 30 minutes of reading, listening or doing an early literacy activity, the child gets to color a paw on the reading log sheet,” Mehrotra said. “When 12 such paws are filled, one track is completed six hours of reading, and the child can redeem a prize from the treasure chest and select a coupon from a smorgasbord.”
By registering for the Reading is Undead summer reading program, teens will receive a Wilderness Falls coupon. At the end of the program, they can win three grand-prize raffles of an iPad mini, Beats headphones and a $100 Amazon gift card.
In addition, if teens read two books, they can choose any coupon from John & Eddie’s Pizza, Haunted Trails/Enchanted Castle or Chipotle. If they read four books, they can choose a book. If they read six, they get an Ogden 6 movie coupon. They can continue reading for more entries into the grand-prize raffle. Two books read will equal one entry into the raffle.
When adults register for the summer reading program, they will receive a DuPage Hounds coupon. Adult participants can enter to win three grand-prize raffles at the end of the program, including an iPad mini, Samsung tablet and a relaxation basket containing a coupon for a massage and other spa items.
Participants who read five books will receive an Odgen 6 movie coupon. If they read five more books for a total of 10 books, they win a book. Participants can begin collecting prizes June 9.
“Both adults and teens get to choose the books they want to read,” said Kiersten Doucette, teen services librarian. “All that they need to do is keep track of the title and the author. They can submit their log online or use a paper copy, whatever they prefer.”
Teens and adults can choose to submit anonymous online reviews too, Doucette said.
“It is important to do this because other people can see the reviews on the website and get recommendations,” she added. “It makes it easier for people to pick out a good book to read. It also is a good chance to stay in the habit of writing and to hone your skills.”
For more summer reading program information, go to www.naperville-lib.org/content/srp.
Mary Rakoczy is a multimedia associate for the Naperville Public Library.Tags: Naperville Public Library