Once again, the library's summer reading program promises to be a hit.
This year the Worthington Libraries system is teaming with the Columbus Clippers to form the summer reading league, a reading incentive program for children and teens.
Young readers who meet prescribed goals will win tickets to one of three Clippers games in August and will be eligible to win a new bicycle or an iPod Touch.
Other prizes will be earned along the way, with many of them contributed by area businesses.
Registration for the league began online May 28 and at each of the three Worthington libraries June 1. As of mid-afternoon June 3, some 1,800 had signed up, Worthington Libraries spokeswoman Lisa Fuller said.
"We're off to a great start," she said.
The annual themed reading program traditionally packs children and teens into the library in June and July. Last summer, a total of 8,028 participated.
The program rewards readers, from infants to teenagers, for the number of hours they read.
Those ages 5 and younger complete the program by reading for nine hours, ages 6-11 for 12 hours and ages 12-18 for 18 hours.
After completing one-third of the program, participants become eligible for prizes.
Early prizes are puzzle erasers and rubber duckies.
After that, readers earn coupons from area restaurants and businesses.
Contributors are California Pizza Kitchen, Chiller Ice Rinks, City Barbeque, Columbus Museum of Art, Dairy Queen, Donatos, First Watch, Franklin Park Conservatory, Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, Igloo Letterpress, Magic Mountain Fun Center Polaris, McConnell Arts Center, Skate Zone 71, Toyville, Worthington Parks and Recreation and Worthington Pools.
Readers who complete the program will win tickets to a Clippers game Aug. 2, 9 or 23.
Each ticket includes one for an adult parent or guardian, with a limit of two adult tickets per family.
Winners will have assigned seats on the lawn and will take part in a parade of the track prior to each game.
Participants may register online or in person at the Old Worthington, Northwest or Worthington Park libraries.