The Edmond Sun

Local News

June 1, 2012

Edmond Library’s Summer Reading Program off to big start

EDMOND — More than 649 children swarmed through the Edmond Library’s doors Friday to sign up for the Summer Reading Program.

Children from birth to teens are encouraged to enjoy summer reading by signing up, reading and getting great prizes from June 1 to July 21.

“We join the Summer Reading Program so summer brain drain won’t cause Annabelle to forget what she learned in kindergarten,” said Tina Mertens, Annabelle’s mother.

“The library program keeps what she has learned fresh,” Mertens said.

Annabelle was studying phonics with a Walt Disney computer program game Friday before she checked out her books.

Early Childhood, birth to preschool; and children, kindergarten through sixth-grade, are encouraged to “Dream Big” while the teens, seventh-grade through seniors are encouraged to “Own the Night” by reading.

Each of the levels has an age appropriate game board while prizes can be earned for following the path to summer reading.

Age appropriate assignments can be completed along the game path including looking at the moon, counting the stars, practicing a nursery rhyme, singing a song and attending a library program.

Jamie Newman signed up 5-year-old Matthew, who will be in kindergarten at Centennial Elementary next year, and 19-month-old Kayla.

This is the third time Matthew has been involved in the summer reading program.

“I think reading is important,” Newman said. “Matthew has been loving books since he was tiny, and both of the children love coming to the library.”

From glow-in-the-dark moon balls to library backpacks and coupon books to gift certificates earned for drawings, children are winners on more than one level.

To make the summer reading activities a success, 49 middle school and high school student volunteers will be on hand during June and July to help, said Teresa Matthews, Young Adult librarian.

With her four children in tow, ages 15 months through 8-years-old, mom Esther Pickard was checking out 22 books and three videos.

“Our plan is to come to the library every three or four days and check out more books,” Pickard said.

With the expectation of checking out close to 8,000 books, staff and volunteers were busy helping moms, dads and children with their books.

“Last summer we checked out 8,000 books on the sign up day,” Matthews said. “We are hoping to surpass that this year.”

With 5,800 children signing up last summer, the librarians are expecting at least that many this year.

“We may lose a few to the summer program at the new Northwest Library, but we aren’t sure how many that will be at this time,” Matthews said.  

Children may sign up for the Summer Reading Program that ends July 31 throughout the summer at Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard.

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