ALPENA, MICH — Children at local elementary schools are being given an incentive to keep reading by their teachers. Now they have one more good reason, with Alpena Public Library’s summer book club.
The library is giving kids ages three through 12 plenty of good reasons to challenge their literacy throughout the summer. Children’s librarian Mary Clute, says it sounds like a lot of work, but breaking up the reading will make the program easy.
“We ask the children every day if they possibly can and we ask them to read 750 minutes. It sounds like a lot, but it’s only 20 minutes a day.”
Clute says the pay off will be worth it. The more the children read, the better their chances of winning a grand prize. Clute says,
“We have an American Girl doll, which is always popular. We have a Harry Potter building set. We have some young kids prizes: building blocks, mega tiles, all kinds of neat things for different age groups.”
Participants of the six week program can read any book they want and getting started is simple.
All you have to do is visit the circulation desk at the library or go online to sign up.
There will also be magic tricks and other fun activities for the kids to enjoy on their reading journey.