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Library launches summer reading program

June 11, 2018 GMT

NEEDLES — Parents anxious to address the old summer complaint of “there’s nothing to do” might want to check out the local library’s offerings for the long break from classrooms.

While they’re at it, they might want to check into the adult offerings as well.

The Needles Branch joins the rest of the San Bernardino County Library System in offering summer reading programs that offer fun, learning and some incentives including the possibility of prizes for seeking respite from the heat in a good book. There are categories for all ages.

Visit the library in the city/county complex, 1111 Bailey Ave. at J Street. Visit the library Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Time; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library is closed Friday and Sunday. Call 760-326-9255.

Confirmed by Joan Meis-Wilson, Librarian 1 at the Needles branch; the county is sending email to cardholders now, informing them of the program. Details can be found on the library website at www.sbclib.org/.

The information here is condensed from that site and a schedule sent by Meis-Wilson.

Sign up by visiting the local library and registering. Once signed up, children and teens will choose how they track their summer reading efforts: by number of books, pages or minutes. Progress is logged by recording those numbers along with the titles of the books read. Participants bring their reading logs to the library each week to claim a reward for meeting or exceeding the challenge requirements. Choose carefully: once chosen the participants will stick with it throughout the summer program. The options:

• Children’s program: Read at least five books, 50 pages or for 30 minutes each week.

• Teen’s program: Read at least one book, 100 pages or for an hour each week.

Both will write the title of the books read and, if one or the other is chosen, either the number of pages read or the minutes spent reading in their reading log. Exceeding the minimum amount of books, pages or minutes “will greatly benefit your child and teenager’s reading skills,” the county library points out.

There is a limit of one reward per participant per week. Every time a reward is earned, participants start over in reading books, pages or minutes for the next prize week.

Young ’uns can also take the county library challenge and earn tickets for a grand prize opportunity drawing. Children’s and teens earn a ticket and spin a prize wheel for chance to win when they reach the countywide goal. Those are:

• Children’s Challenge: Log 45 books, 450 pages or six hours of reading.

• Teen Challenge: Log eight books, 800 pages or eight hours of reading.

• All ages receive a ticket for every 25 books checked out during the summer; tickets will be entered into an opportunity drawing to win one of many rewards including: gaming systems, tablets, and much more.

“We also will have a special drawing for a tablet for those children and teens who meet the county reading goal this summer,” Meis-Wilson added.

Meis-Wilson described a new program this year for the very youngest patrons. “Library Beginners offers activities for children through age five with special rewards just for that age group. “Parents have been asking for age appropriate rewards for their young readers and we have very cute rewards this year,” Meis-Wilson explained.

Children must be present to receive rewards and those wearing an official summer reading program shirt to any of the programs can get a special ticket for a chance to win the library’s inflatable whale. The drawing will be at the end of the final program and the winner must be present for that, as well.

There’s an adult program as well. Registration can be accomplished on the web site or at the library, though the latter must be visited to claim any incentives, such as the free bag given to participants just for signing up.

Adults get a chance to be book critics: filing a review for each book read to share recommendations with other library customers. Incentives, no more than one a week, are distributed for reading at least one book per week.

According to Meis-Wilson E-books count. A tip here based on personal experience: readers can make the text larger and the background brighter for better visibility. Most modern ‘smart phones’ can be used as electronic readers. There’s an app for that.

Well-appreciated components of summer reading programs over the last several years have been special guest appearances in which a variety of subjects are addressed. This year is no different. Presentations are scheduled on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. The list:

• June 12 - Mobile zoo. Come and meet the animals.

• June 19 - Mitchell Caverns. Learn about this breathtaking nearby natural wonder, part of the California State Parks system designated as a World Heritage Site in 1975.

• June 26 - Underwater explorer. Learn about staying safe in the water.

• July 3 - Ken Frawley brings his popular Puppets, Puppets show to the Needles branch.

• July 10 - Come and hear a story from storyteller Karla Huntsman.

• July 17 - Learn about firefighters and their important, and risky, jobs.

• July 24 - Beadwork as performed by members of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe will be shown.

• July 31 - Sea Hunt. Nothing to do with the late fifties Lloyd Bridges TV program, this one is a scavenger hunt set up by the library staff.

The popular Crafts for Kids program continues through the summer at the library as well; it will be featured Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.