Children and teens will be given a reading chart with various activities they can choose to do, such as “Come to a library program,” or “Try a book you think you won’t like.” They will be challenged to complete fifteen activities from the chart between January 27 and March 3. After fifteen completed activities, participants can come to the library to receive their prize: a new book!
Adults can also participate in a winter reading program of their own. They can read books and enter a raffle for a prize!
While summer reading programs are widespread and well attended, winter reading programs have been slower to catch on. However, more libraries are recognizing the importance of keeping kids engaged with books and the library throughout the long winter months. The South Portland Public Library is joining a growing collection of libraries that offer winter reading programs.
The program kick-off on January 27 coincides with a special visit from Chewonki, an environmental educational organization. They will bring their special “Bugmobile,” filled with a collection of real, live bugs! The program begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Main Library, and is open to all ages.
For more information about the library’s winter reading program, or the visit from Chewonki, call Youth Services at 767-7660 x 3.