Daily News to again offer summer reading program at local, area libraries

April 26, 2018 GMT

The school year hasn’t wrapped up yet, and summer is still several weeks away, but that doesn’t mean children from Norfolk and several area communities can’t start looking forward to taking part in the Daily News’ summer reading program.

This is the third year that the Daily News has offered its program, which runs in the month of June, for children ages 5-12 as a complement to public libraries’ overall summer reading offerings.

The goal is to encourage children to read newspapers this summer — and, by doing so, become more informed about their communities — in a fun way.

In its first year, the program was tested by the Norfolk Public Library. Last year, it was expanded to include libraries in Northeast and North Central Nebraska.

This year, the same is true with 15 libraries signing up earlier this spring to participate. They are the libraries in Norfolk, Atkinson, Brunswick, Battle Creek, Clearwater, Elgin, Leigh, Madison, Newman Grove, Osmond, Pierce, Randolph, Stanton, Walthill and Wausa.

With the theme of “Libraries Rock,” participating libraries are being provided all the materials — in both English and Spanish — needed for the newspaper program. Each week in June, a different scavenger card of sorts is provided to children that encourage them to find different things in newspapers.

Free copies of the Daily News are provided to participating libraries each week of the program. Parents can help younger children complete the weekly cards.

Children who complete all four of the weekly cards will have their names entered for the program’s grand prize of a $50 gift certificate for a new book bag for school, a $25 gift certificate for school supplies and a $25 gift certificate for books to read.

Children can sign up for the Daily News reading program when they sign up at their local public library for its summer reading program.

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Want to learn more?

Parents and children with questions can contact Ashley Gracey at 402-371-1020, ext. 236, or via email at agracey@norfolkdailynews.com.