Many of us remember sitting in public library absorbed in a book. It took us on adventures, stretched our minds as we imagined exotic places around the world, taught us about friendship, and so much more.
The Genesee District Library wants more of Flint’s kids to experience those wonderful worlds and adventures as well as keep up their reading skills during the Summer Reading Challenge.
“If kids read during the summer they can avoid the summer slump,” says Katie Badgley, Genesee District Library Children’s librarian. “They get so much vocabulary out of books, and if they like the story, they don’t even realize how much they’re learning.”
Patrons may visit one of GDL’s 19 branches to pick up their reading logs and sign-up prize.
Until August 4 participants can earn prizes for hitting reading benchmarks. At the end of the challenge children will earn a free book. They may also visit their library each week to put their name in a drawing for bigger prizes, including bowling parties, iPad Minis, Amazon and Flint Farmers’ Market gift cards and toys.
If you’re an adult, don’t feel left out. You can participate as well, and at the end will win a free t-shirt or lunch bag for completing the challenge.
“To celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge and get kids into the library, we have dozens of great programs at all of our 19 branches,” says Kelly Flynn, community relations manager for the Genesee District Library. “Music, magic, animals, crafts, and a wide variety of educational events. There’s something for everyone.”
In addition, Magician Cameron Zvara will perform eight times this summer for Genesee District Library. Click here dates and times.
Last year more than 6,000 people participated in the Summer Reading Challenge.
The Summer Reading Challenge is supported by proceeds from the Black History Month Brunch held in February. It is also sponsored by Cumulus Media, Bowl Flint, Genesee County Fair, Culver’s Restaurant, Biggby Coffee, Rainforest Café and Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Visit www.thegdl.org for more information, or call Kelly Flynn at (810) 230-9613.