Beijing, China, isn't the only place you'll find sportsmanship, athleticism and some fun this summer. Worthington Libraries has planned a trio of summer reading programs that will keep reading athletes at the top of their game while having a great time too.

Beijing, China, isn't the only place you'll find sportsmanship, athleticism and some fun this summer. Worthington Libraries has planned a trio of summer reading programs that will keep reading athletes at the top of their game while having a great time too.

Bring the whole family to Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road; Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.; or Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Centre Drive, on Saturday (June 7) to let the summer reading games begin.

Children

Kids in preschool through sixth grade can go for the gold and earn prizes for reading (or being read to), attending library programs and completing online activities. Presented in conjunction with Columbus Metropolitan Library and Southwest Public Libraries, "Game On. Read." offers exciting prizes like a bike raffle entry, a coupon sheet full of summertime offers and a backpack.

In addition to the summer reading club, the library has scheduled a variety of programs for school-aged children and their families. Magic, music and storytellers as well as reading and writing workshops will make for a winning summer.

Teens

On your mark, get set, go…to the library and sign up for "Just Read It," a summer reading program for teens.

If they pace themselves and stay hydrated, teens will earn points by reading books, writing reviews and posting comments on the library's teen blog, www.worthinglibraries.org/teenblog. Those points can be cashed in for some pretty sporty prizes, including a card carrier and a backpack.

Teen summer programming includes new book discussion groups and themed after-hours parties that will get their minds and bodies moving.

Adults

Adults can also take a swing at "Just Read It," where they can earn points by reading and reviewing books.

Participants call the shots, deciding what books to read and review (magazines don't count), and after 10 they get a canvas bag that's perfect for hauling around sneakers or a beach towel. Those who get a second wind after completing the program and turn in five additional reviews will earn a Read On entry into the grand prize drawing for a $100 gift certificate. It may not be a juicy endorsement deal, but that's a good reward for some summer reading.

All three summer reading programs conclude on Aug. 2. For additional information, call 807-2626. For a complete list of summer activities for all ages, go to www.worthingtonlibraries.org.

All Worthington Libraries summer programming, including the summer reading programs and prizes, are fully funded by the Friends of Worthington Libraries. Additional support from True Design.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.

Hillary Kline