Karen Record, children’s librarian at the Crawfordsville District Public Library, is urging children to go the extra mile and keep reading these next few weeks before the start of school.
Record said this year’s summer reading program “America, Reading Coast to Coast” was a success. It was a record year with 761 children participating.
Due to the program’s success, Record extended the reading challenge through Aug. 12 with the “Extra Mile Reading Program.” For every hour children read through Aug. 12 they are eligible to win one of four gift cards to Barnes & Noble. A drawing will take place Aug. 13.
“This is just another incentive to keep everyone reading,” Record said.
Fifty-three percent of the elementary students finished the program, while 55 percent of the preschoolers finished. Of the teens participating in the program at least 43 percent read one book.
“We were thrilled with the numbers,” Record said. “Every year we keep getting more and more children participating.”
Overall, Record said more children are participating in library programs.
She has several new programs in the works for the fall. Weekly reading programs will return Aug. 22. There also will be a grandparents story time in September.