School may be over, but many Lincoln County children wonâ€™t put down the books this summer.
The Lincoln County Libraryâ€™s Summer Reading program kicked off Tuesday, said Stephanie Osborne, childrenâ€™s assistant at the library.
Kids can sign up anytime from Tuesday through to July 31, she said.
The goal of the program is to make reading fun for kids and develop habits that will last throughout their lives.
There are no special lists â€” any book counts.
â€œWeâ€™re just encouraging them to read anything they want to read,â€ Osborne said.
Every time a child reads a book this summer they can come to the library and a worker will stamp their Summer Reading form. The child will receive a new prize each time they come in.
But the prizes are just part of the program. At 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays, special programs are held at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. There will be free performances by magicians, musicians and more.
The program usually draws nearly 1,000 children, Osborne said. Itâ€™s open to everyone.
â€œAnybody can sign up at any age, even those who canâ€™t read,â€ she said.
Younger kids can have their parents read to them and still receive the prizes.
At the end of the summer, the library holds its annual Park Day, which lets kids celebrate their accomplishments before school starts back.
Osborne hopes the Summer Reading program will get kids in the habit of visiting the library.
â€œWe just want to encourage them to come into the library and just read for the rest of their life,â€ she said.
For information on the Summer Reading program, call the library at (704) 735-8044. To register, just stop by anytime the libraryâ€™s open.
by Alice Smith