The theme of this year's Columbus Metropolitan Library summer reading program is "Game On. Read."

The theme of this year's Columbus Metropolitan Library summer reading program is "Game On. Read."

Gahanna youth services assistant librarian Tina Gentile said program participants will earn points for completing various activities and move along a game board.

"The reading record looks like a game board," Gentile said. "Babies, toddlers, preschoolers, teens, adults have certain milestones they have to reach."

The first milestone on the game board for children through age 12 earns them an entry into a raffle for a new bike. Gentile said each library branch is giving away a boys' bike and a girls' bike as a grand prize.

The second stop on the game board earns a coupon sheet for children and teens for restaurants and admission to places like COSI and Franklin Park.

When completing the game board, children through age 12 get a backpack, while teens are entered into a raffle for a Nintendo DS. Adults are entered into a raffle for Blue Jackets tickets, Gentile said.

"You move along the game board for doing various activities," she said.

Participants can move two spaces for having a library card, one space for reading 20 minutes, attending a summer reading program or logging on to

Adults move along their game board for reading to a child, reading an e-mail or visiting the Columbus Metropolitan Library home page.

"The whole idea is to encourage a love of reading, life long users of the library," Gentile said.

Children who complete their program get to vote on one of four animals the library could adopt from the Columbus Zoo.

This year's program dedicates Thursdays and Fridays to programs specifically designed to attract teens, Gentile said. Every Friday the library will set up a Sony Play Station and Wii to encourage teens to visit the library.

On June 26 at 10 a.m., professional musician and song-writer Jim Gill will visit the Gahanna library.

"He is a pretty well known guy in the children's music scene," Gentile said.

On July 3 at 10 a.m., children ages 6 to 11 can enjoy "Spine Tinglers: Spooky Stories with Sally Crandall."

On July 7 at 2 p.m., children ages 4 to 11 will enjoy "Be a Winner, David Brizius' Magic." The show combines reading magic with game fun.

On July 14 at 2 p.m., children ages 6-11 can go to "Superhero School" and learn everything they need to become a friendly neighborhood superhero. They will make a costume, play games and read books about superheroes.

The summer reading program ends Aug. 1 with the end-of-summer party at 10 a.m. Summer Reading Club participants will enjoy games, stories and snacks.