The ’s summer reading program is going strong, and residents are invited to join in for the remainder of the season.
The library is hosting three separate programs for adults, teens, and children. In each program, participants get a chance at prizes depending on how many books they have read each week.
This is the first year for the teen program, which is funded by a grant from . Over 50 New London teens have signed up for it. The children’s program has over 100 participants, while the adult program—in its second year—has at least 35 people taking part.
“It’s grown by leaps and bounds this year,” said Ellen Paul, head of reference at the library.
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In the adult program, people can submit an entry form in person or online whenever they complete a book. Drawings are held every Monday morning to choose a winner for the week’s prize, a gift certificate to a downtown New London business or restaurant. The grand prize at the completion of the nine-week program will be a drawing for four tickets to the .
Paul said adults are asked to read books at their own reading level, but the program does not have a reading list and people may submit titles that have not been checked out of the library. She said there were 150 entries by the end of the third week.
The children and teen programs have reading lists put together by the Connecticut State Library and Connecticut Department of Education. Participants keep a weekly log of their reading. These are supplemented by small children’s programs throughout the week, including a Friday program featuring a larger attraction such as music, puppetry, or live animals.
Cris Staubach, head of youth services, said , , and have donated prizes for these reading programs. If a participant meets the reading requirements, they may spin a prize wheel and choose a reward from a box based on the category.
“As long as they read every week they get a prize,” she said.
Staubach said the Hunger Games, Big Nate, and Magic Treehouse series are some of the more popular choices in the programs for children and teens. She said there is also a renewed interest in the Titanic following the centennial of the disaster.
Registration for the programs is open throughout the summer for anyone wishing to join.