Summer Reading Club: Catch the Reading Bug!

Posted Jun 2nd, 2008 by Rhonda B. Sewell  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Toledo.com


It’s almost summertime . . . getting “antsy” for some fun this summer? “Itching” for a good story? Then it’s time to get out, have fun and catch a bug! The reading bug, that is. What better way to enjoy the warm weather than to “buzz” around reading books about subjects of interest?!

Become a Summer Reading Club (SRC) Reading Bug by joining the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library as it kicks off its 2008 Summer Reading Club: Catch the Reading Bug! beginning June 9 through August 2.

Fill out an entry blank at any library branch. SRC, a free program of fun activities and great prizes, has three components: juvenile club called Catch the Reading Bug! for preschool through 5th grade; a teen club called What’s the Buzz? for grades 6th through 12th, and an adult club to help grown-ups Catch the Reading Bug too! Preschoolers may participate by having someone read to them.

This year’s Catch the Reading Bug! theme is aimed at encouraging youth to “swat away” those summertime blues and read about any subject, real or imaginary.

Marilyn Zielinski, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Youth Services
Manager, says that by catching the reading bug, SRC participants can learn about subjects, plots, and characters through reading books – youth and adults alike can open the door to new worlds and interests.

“Every year our Summer Reading Club creates such a fun atmosphere that encourages the entire community and families to read. With this year’s Catch the Reading Bug! theme, we want to encourage a fun way to spend the summer where reading takes priority,” said Zielinski.

The 2008 Summer Reading Club: Catch the Reading Bug! features the following three divisions:

Juvenile Club – Catch the Reading Bug!: These children are encouraged to read at least 15 minutes a day, and they are awarded prizes after reading 1, 2, 4, 8 and 12 hours. Children also get to place a bookplate (one color) in a new library book after reading 20 hours. As children reach the 30, 40, 50, or 60 hour and higher levels, they can enter to win system prizes provided by the Library Legacy Foundation such as gift cards for the Toledo Mud Hens, Barnes and Noble, and the Toledo Zoo. (Note: Preschoolers may become SRC members by having someone read to them)

Teen Club – What’s the Buzz?: These junior high and high school-aged youth fill out an entry form for each book read and place it in a marked box at any branch location or at Main Library for drawings, which will be held throughout the summer. Grand prizes such as Xbox 360, an air hockey table and an acoustic guitar will be awarded at the end of SRC.

Adult Club – Grown-ups can Catch the Reading Bug too!: Adults fill out an entry form for each book read and drawings will be held throughout the summer for prizes.

Last year’s SRC saw more than 20,000 youth and adult participants!

For the eighth straight year, TARTA has offered free transportation to Preschool
through 12th grade SRC participants. Members of 2008 Summer Reading Club
Catch the Reading Bug! need only show their SRC reading record or hang tag for free transportation to and from their favorite library in Lucas County.

A specialized Web page for SRC will be available for youth the week of June 9th by logging on to toledolibrary.org. The Web site’s SRC section will link to games, coloring pages, question of the week, mazes, reading suggestions and fun links.

Visit any Toledo-Lucas County Public Library location for an SRC folder or entry blank and sign-up today!

2008 Summer Reading Club: Catch the Reading Bug! sponsors: The Blade, Buckeye CableSystem, Friends of the Library, The Library Legacy Foundation, Directions Credit Union, WTOL 11, Burger King, Frisch’s Big Boy, Marco’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Ohio Skate, Quizno’s, Rally’s, Red Robin, and Subway.

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