The Westerville Public Library will help Westerville children build reading skills with its summer reading program.
Beginning Wednesday, May 29, children can visit the library, 126 S. State St., to pick up reading logs, welcome gifts and guides to summer events.
The summer reading program provides materials for children of all ages, divided by reading levels.
A "Beginners" program will provide fun early literacy activities for all pre-readers, including babies and toddlers.
"Dig into Reading" appeals to readers through fifth grade; and "Beneath the Surface" is geared toward middle and high school students.
Adults also can join in the fun with "Groundbreaking Reads."
Program participants will be asked to log their reading hours on printed logs or through the library's website, WestervilleLibrary.org.
Children will earn rewards, including a create-your-own poster after six hours of reading, and a book after 12 hours. For every hour children log beyond 12 hours, they will be entered in a drawing for a boxed set of books.
Teenagers who log 15 hours of reading or volunteering will receive a prize book. If they exceed 30 hours of reading, they will be eligible for drawings for gift cards.
Adult participants will qualify for weekly and grand prize drawings.
The kick off Wednesday will include comedy and magic tricks with Rory Rennick throughout the library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Special guest presenters are scheduled for evening family programs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Other library activities throughout the summer include space painter Tom Sparough, who will entertain with his high-energy, interactive juggling show, June 5; local artist and author of Drawing Animals with Numbers Steve Harpster, June 10; storyteller Joanie Calem presenting songs and stories about the treasures of the Earth, June 17; and live animals with the "Turtle Lady," July 8.
The reading program runs through July 31.
For more information or to register for programs, visit the library website or call the youth services department at 614-882-7277, ext. 5006.