Reading season begins

Adults and children are asked to “Dig Into Reading” for this year’s summer reading program’s through the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.

The programs began June 1 and are to run through July 31.

The junior library program, “Dig Into Reading” is geared towards children age three through entering into the fifth grade. The program is nine weeks of reading for 20 minuets or more.

Participants are asked to keep track of the amount of reading time with their reading record to be entered to win weekly prizes and to qualify to win a grand prize at the end of the program.

The theme for the teen department is “Beneath the Surface.” For every 300 pages read, participants can enter to win weekly prizes, and for every 1,500 pages read, participants can be entered to win an Xbox 360, iPod and more.

There will be many other programs for teens such as arts and crafts, writing contests and movie nights.

“With doubling our circulation, teens are able to find more books they will enjoy,” teen librarian, Kandi O’Donnell said.

Adults can get in the fun as well with the program, “Groundbreaking Reads.” Participants can be entered to win prizes such as gift cards from Ralph’s Joy of Living, Fireside Cafe Pub, Bailiwicks Coffee Co., and Phat Cakes, a massage from Mane Cinsations, movie passes and more. The final drawing for prizes will be Aug. 1.

Adults can also participate in the listening program, “U Need 2 Listen,” which is for those that would rather listen to audio books.

There is also a program for parents and their babies to get involved with reading, called “The Rubber Ducky Club.”

Parents are encouraged to read to children, from birth to 35 months. The program is eight weeks and is split up between the months of June and July. Each month is to feature early literacy reading activities such as vocabulary, letter knowledge, phonological awareness and narrative skills.

When all the activities are completed on the activity log, parents may turn in the log to receive prizes.

“Not only is the library participating again in the summer reading programs, but the YMCA is getting involved this summer as well,” Deborah Roszman, library community relations coordinator said.

The YMCA will be combining its day camps with the library’s reading programs. The Y will encourage children to read every day for at least 20 minutes.

At the end of the summer, campers who complete the program will earn an entry for the grand prize, a trophy, a certificate

and an invitation to the finale party at the library.

“These programs are to help kids that have worked hard to keep up with reading skills over the year. Continuing to read over the summer can help retain those

skills,” Connie Cole, junior librarian, said. “We also want the kids to have fun with reading.”