The Pickerington Public Library will launch several programs next week to encourage patrons of all ages to read more.

The Pickerington Public Library will launch several programs next week to encourage patrons of all ages to read more.

Registration for the summer reading programs opens on June 8.

This year's programs are a continuation of annual efforts to boost reading during summer months. Library officials say they help children and teens stay on track when school resumes, and foster creative thinking and learning among youth and adults alike.

"There have been so many studies that prove that if you keep up with your reading in the summer, then you start off much better in the fall at school," said Colleen Pospishil, Pickerington Public Library community services coordinator. "Even for adults, reading helps keep your mind fresh."

Participants are asked to log their reading from June 8 to Aug. 8.

Children from age 2 through either fourth or fifth grade -- depending on reading aptitude -- will participate in a "Be Creative at Your Library" program. They will be asked to chronicle every 15 minutes they read, and will receive prizes for amassing two, five, 10, 15 and 20 hours of reading.

The "Express Yourself at Your Library" summer program is for any child who read young-adult books, up through high school students. Participants will earn items such as mood pencils and restaurant gift certificates for each book they read, with the top goal of reading eight books this summer.

Adults will participate in the "Master the Art of Reading" program. They will earn opportunities to enter monthly prize drawings for each book they read.

To register, summer readers can visit the library at 201 Opportunity Way. A summer reading kick-off event will be held at 7 p.m. June 11 at the library.

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