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Local library warming up for summer reading

PERFECT PIRATES: Young readers finish their pirate hat crafts after storytime at the North Manchester Public Library on Thursday.

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@wabashplaindealer.com

NORTH MANCHESTER— After regular storytime wrapped up on Thursday, young readers were just finishing up their pirate hat craft and library staff at the North Manchester Public Library continued their ingoing preparation for the upcoming summer reading program.

Summer reading programs are designed to help minds stay sharp over summer break and to encourage use of the library by offering incentives for reaching reading goals. The programs are divided by age group and reading ability. At NMPL, prizes are awarded when readers complete a section of books on their chart. By the end of the program, teens will have read at least 15 books, mid-level readers will have read at least 20 books, and children at least 40 picture books.

“These are books that the family can read together or separately, and adjust as they go if certain books seem too hard or they need something a little more challenging,” Children’s Librarian Stephanie Maggart said.

For each book or section completed, readers will fill in an area on their category coloring sheet that is then stamped at the library. When finished, those who have completed the summer reading program will receive a ticket in a drawing for a grand prize.

The library is now offering two grand prizes this year for readers. Programming Coordinator Heidi Lovett said the community is “extremely generous” to their summer reading program, which is entirely funded by sponsors and fundraising efforts.

Summer reading at NMPL starts Monday, May 28 and runs through July 19.