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Registration underway for summer reading program

May 28, 2003

The reading can continue even though students won't be in school for three months.

The annual summer reading program at the Baldwin City Public Library is ready to kick off once again and Becky McMillen encourages people of all ages to participate.

"Summer is their time to enjoy reading what they want," McMillen, summer reading program coordinator, said.

This year's summer reading program, "Laugh it up @ Your Library," begins June 9. Pre-enrollment is already underway.

She said the reading program is a good way for children to maintain their reading skills throughout the summer.

"If they don't read in the summer, they really do lose their reading skills," she said. "It's like exercising, you're just exercising your mind."

There is no age limit for reading program participants, who are enrolled in the age group or class they will be at in the fall. There will even be an age group for adult readers.

Those who can't yet read will be placed in the listeners section and must have 20 books read to them to complete the program. Those in the readers section must read at least six books to complete the program. She said all books counted for the program requirement must have come from the library.

McMillen said children shouldn't have any problems finding books to read.

"I think our children's section is one of the best around," she said.

Only five books can be checked out at one time, but participants have until the end of the reading program on July 19 to read the required number.

The summer reading program won't just be about reading, though. Participants in the reading program will also be able to attend the weekly Wednesday morning programs, which include a 15-year-old yo-yo whiz, a presentation on snakes and other reptiles and a visit from Benjamin Franklin. The regular story time will also be available for younger children.

Those that complete the reading program, McMillen said, receive certificates and passes to the program's annual pool party.

Those that want to participate in the summer reading program must pre-register at the library. She said registrations will be taken at any time during the summer. Those that need library cards should apply before June 9.

McMillen said she hoped many people would participate in the program.

"It's a fun theme, and they can read whatever they want," she said. "You can read about things you didn't even know you were interested in."

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