SummerReadingFile photo by Sue Misao

 

BY LAURELLE WALSH

North Central Regional Library’s “Dig Into Reading” Summer Reading Program begins this week with activities at both the Twisp and Winthrop branches.

On Tuesday (June 18) in Twisp at 1:30 p.m., scientists from the Pacific Science Center in Seattle present “Rock and Roll,” a program that takes a glimpse into the underground geological forces at play throughout the Pacific Northwest.

At the Winthrop Library on Wednesday (June 19) at 1:30 p.m., see a magic show with Alex Nicolazzo.

The following week the Twisp Library hosts “Playing in the Dirt” on June 25; and on June 26 Winthrop welcomes the “Reptile Man,” Scott Peterson, who brings live reptiles to an interactive program. The reading activities continue weekly at each library throughout the summer.

The summer reading program brings kids into the library and promotes literacy and lifelong reading, according to Twisp librarian Terry Dixon. Kids who join the free program at their branch library keep a reading record of the hours they spend reading, and chart their progress with stickers. After logging a certain number of hours participants win prizes and are entered into a raffle for grand prizes including books and Kindle e-readers.

There is also an Online Summer Reading Program through the NCRL website, ncrl.org/kids.htm#srp2013. Participants can register online to keep track of books read over the summer, share book reviews and link information to their Facebook page. Dixon looks forward to each week’s activities, especially the Chelan County PUD’s electrical experiments – “they’re fantastic” – and Books on Stage, in which characters in a popular children’s book come to life. “All the programs get kids into the library, which is great,” she said.