The Pickerington Public Library this week will kick off its annual Summer Reading Club program, with chances for people of all ages to earn prizes by cracking the books.
As part of its yearly effort to help students maintain reading skills during summer break and also encourage people young and old to read and take advantage of library offerings, the Pickerington Public Library June 13 will launch its Summer Reading Club program.
The program is offered to parents of young children -- including infants and toddlers whose parents will read to them -- as well as for students from kindergarten through fifth grade, sixth-grade through 12th grade and adults.
Those who participate in the program, which runs through Aug. 10, will receive prizes for the more they read, and also can become eligible for addition prize drawings.
"The pre-readers, they count how many books are read to them," said Cathy Burden, juvenile services manager at the library.
"The child readers count how many minutes they've read and the others count how many hours they've read."
The program is facilitated by events to be held regularly at the library throughout the summer.
In addition to "Summer Rhyme Time" for children ages 6 months to 1 year, which will be held Thursdays from June 20 through July 25, there will regular programs at the library for children and teens.
These will include "Art in the Afternoon" for children who have completed grades 2-5, and "Beneath the Surface for Teens."
For adults, there will be ancestry classes, among others.
"We bring in some people to do some programs throughout the summer," Burden said. "We just hope (residents) come out."
Additional information about the Summer Reading Club program and related programming is available on the library's website at www.pickeringtonlibrary.org.