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Library Offering Summer Reading Programs For All Ages

Children, teenagers, and adults can register for age-specific programs. Young children can receive prizes for reading a certain number of books.

The has summer reading programs for all ages and reading levels — from early readers to children, teens and adults — with raffles to enter, special events and crafts, and more throughout the summer.

Any Wayne resident between 2 years old and the fifth grade is invited to participate in the summer reading program: “Dream Big READ!” The Wayne Library is one of many in New Jersey and across the nation that participate in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). CSLP created the theme “Dream Big READ!” theme, as well as the teen and adult themes, and their corresponding materials such as posters and reading logs. 

This year’s children’s and teen’s summer reading programs runs through Monday, Aug. 13. Parents can register their children at the children’s desk at the main library branch. Registration ends on Saturday, Aug. 4.

“It’s great to see kids growing up in the library, starting in storytime and developing a love for reading and a love of this place,” Lawrence said. She hopes to see many new faces at the Library this summer. 

The guidelines for the summer reading program differ depending on the child’s age or reading level. For ages 2 through 7 years old, after reading (or being read to by a parent) 15 books each participant will receive a lottery ticket. Participants can log no more than 30 books each day.

For ages 8 and older (including the Teen program) participants receive one lottery ticket after six hours of reading, and can receive up to two tickets per day of reading (up to 12 hours). Coupons from local businesses will also be given out throughout the summer. 

There are 18 lottery prizes being raffled off at the end of the summer, participants choose which prizes they want to reach for by placing their lottery tickets in number designated cubbies in the Children’s Room. The full list is available to view at the children’s desk.

Teenagers in sixth grade and older can participate in the summer reading program themed “Own the Night.” There are also many interactive events this summer such as a robot making workshop led by experts from Robodyssey, LLC, and an African clay mask making workshop. The event calendars for both Young Adults and Children can be found on the library’s website.

Additionally, there are two summer reading programs for Adults. One is for adults with children registered in a summer reading program, there are eight adult prizes being raffled off that include gift certificates to restaurants and gyms. The other reading program, “Between the Covers,” ends Sept. 4 and is open to all Wayne residents age 18 and older and no registration is required.

Participants in this program are instructed to read a book or listen to an audio book, and write a brief review.

The “Between the Covers” adult reading program will also have special events during the summer, including a demonstration on how to use Digital eBooks and the Digital Library NJ on July 25 from 7 p.m.to 8 p.m. This event will give residents an understanding of how to check out, download, and place holds on eBooks for the Kindle Fire Table and the Barnes&Noble eReader.

For more information on the Wayne Public Library’s summer reading programs and events, visit their Web site: www.waynepubliclibrary.org

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