In all honesty, the kick off is a big party, but the program itself is also a lot of fun for kids. They keep track of the books they read (or that are read to them) and return to the library periodically to collect fun little prizes. Throughout the program, the library is showing movies, doing really cool crafts, demonstrations, storytimes, games (Guitar Hero, DDR, Magic the Gathering), a fairy tea party, and more. I remember giving my mom the big eye roll when she signed us up for our community reading program, but I really don't remember it being as interactive and fun as they are these days.
The adult reading program is also in full swing, with the opportunity to win great prizes. I'm all signed up, but in the middle of reading a 1,200 page book that might take me til the end of the summer at this rate....... :)
Library events are listed on the Things To Do In Chelsea website thanks to the hard work of library volunteers who take the time to submit them all. And of course, you can always go right to the source, and visit the McKune Memorial Library website for complete details.
- Library helps keep kids reading (Chelsea Standard, 6/12/08)
- Summer Reading Program 2008 - guidelines and events for kids, teens and adults (be sure to check out the little videos!)
P.S. Kids and teens get points for books or attending a library events. Grown-ups get a bit of a break (whew!) — we get credit for books, newspaper, magazine, watching a movie, listening to an audiobook or music CD, using the library's online resources, or attending a library event.