“Dig Into Reading” is the theme for the next family fun night at Morgan County Library, which has also been the theme for 2013 summer reading program. Librarian Valerie Hancock explained, “The evening’s event will represent both the quarterly family fun night and the summer reading program’s closing activity.” It will be held on Monday, Aug. 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Janna Peay from the Morgan County Library described the evening’s archaeological activities. “There will be a craft activity with coins made of salt dough for the children to decorate; a small archaeological digging activity, which they hope to have set up outside; and a class to learn how to make their own family time capsule.”
Some of the arrangements are still in the confirmation stage, but the library staff plans on having a visitor or two who will share information about dinosaurs or other archaeological digs.
The evening will also acknowledge the closing of the “Dig Into Reading” summer reading program, which officially ends Aug. 10.
“I’m thrilled that the children have done so well this summer. The kids seem to be more self-motivated,” stated Peay.
Over 800 readers have participated this year. Peay said many families have signed up, which gives the whole family a chance to earn the prizes individually. A lot of parents loved that this program offered such a great incentive for children. Parents said they are reading without being asked to do so, because they turn in what they read for a prize of their choice.
The majority of the readers range between 5 to 12 years old. The younger readers are asked to read 20 books a week and the older readers are to read chapter books in order for them to be able to select a prize.
The prizes have been set up in the display case all summer. Prizes include gift certificates, coupons, toys, treats and various books to select from. The readers can come in weekly to redeem their slip of paper with the number of books they have read for a prize. The more they read, the better the prize. At the peak times, up to 90 prizes were awarded in a single day.
The prize books are donated, but the toys and food come from the library budget. Local businesses also donated. Even the parents participate to earn prizes. The top self of the display case is supplied with prizes for the more mature reader.
If a child can meet library summer reading goals, it helps them stay on track and be prepared for the next year of school. Peay said she has seen the difference the summer reading has made in her own children.