Now that they’re out of school, students in Montgomery County may well be looking for adventure.

Lucky for them they won’t have to go any further to find it than the Crawfordsville District Public Library.

CDPL’s 2012 Summer Reading Program, “Adventure Island,” kicked off Tuesday. By mid-afternoon more than 100 children had signed up for the initiative, which runs through July 10.

Participants can earn prizes for reading. New prizes are earned for every 90 minutes of reading time. Children who complete the “treasure map” with their reading will earn a T-shirt and a new book.

The books for the program were donated by Random House.

Candy Allen’s daughters Macie, 7 and Hadyn, 11, also were at the library Tuesday to sign up for the 2012 Summer Reading Program. Macie, a student at Pleasant Hill Elementary, said she planned to earn her reading program points by reading books from the “Magic Treehouse” series.

“I used to do the program when was I was little and came to the library in the summer,” Allen said. “I loved it.”

Additionally, Allen feels being involved in CDPL’s Summer Reading Program keep her kids’ reading skills honed while they are on break from school.

“It helps improve their reading skills and helps them to not lose so much over the summer,” she said.

Jessica Madsen’s son Tanner, 9, is a “voracious reader.”

“Keeping enough books in the house to keep him interested is a challenge,” Madsen said. “He likes different things that I don’t know much about ... he has read some college level books and was very comfortable with them.”

Madsen takes her daughter Elena, 6, and Tanner to the library quite regularly even during the school year. Both children have participated in the Summer Reading Program before.

“The librarians here are very good at helping them find things they like,” she said.

Janella Nunan, children’s librarian at CDPL, said the Summer Reading Program is just one more way to encourage area children to read.

“We have a lot of kids that just absolutely love to read, and it’s great for us to see that,” she said.

Several other special events are planned for the summer at CDPL, including Treasure Hunt Days on June 4, 13, 22 and 26 and July 5. These are open to children 3 and older.

Parents can register their children during library hours any time through the end of the program.

For more information call 362-2242, ext. 115 or visit

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