Library’s popular reading program kicks off Monday

Registration is underway

Jennifer Fry

Staff writer

Now that school is out for the summer, El Progreso Memorial Library staff hopes parents and students alike will turn to books to fill the long, hot days. The library’s summer reading program is here to incentivize the activity.

The theme for this year’s program, open to anyone in Uvalde County, is “Libraries Rock.” Program registration is ongoing through June 29. There are five age categories: ages 4-6, 7-13, 14-18, and adult.

To participate, students and adults may pick up a reading log at the library, fill it out, and return it to the library. Reading logs are due at the library by June 29 at 4 p.m.

Participants ages 4-13 must also attend at least two summer reading classes held at the library during the month of June. Classes for ages 4 to 6 are  held each Monday from 10:30 to 11:30; for ages 7-9, Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and pre-teens 10-13, Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon. Teens and adults need not attend a class.

A party for participants will be held at the library on Wednesday, July 11 at 11 a.m. To qualify to attend, participants must go to at least two classes and complete their reading logs.

There will also be drawings based on the number of books read plus a grand prize drawing based on attendance. For the number of books read, there are 14 different prizes up for grabs, ranging from a fishing set for a boy and a girl to a backpack full of supplies. The grand prize is a bicycle.

To qualify for the first prize drawing, ages 4 to 6 must read a minimum of 20 books; ages 7-13, for a minimum of 6 hours. After that threshold, students will receive a ticket to be entered into the drawing. They will receive a ticket for every 10 additional books or three hours read after that, depending on the age category.

To qualify for the grand prize drawing, students must attend all four class sessions and also have filled out their reading logs. There will be two winners chosen from each age group, one boy and one girl, excluding teens and adults.

The prizes for adults and teens have not yet been decided. Last year, the library gave out iTunes cards as prizes to the teens. The first-place prize for adults was a weekend stay for two at the River Rim Resort in Concan.

Last year, the program brought in nearly 200 child participants, ages 4-13, and 30 adults and teens. On Tuesday, the first day to sign up, 42 readers registered.

Participants may pick up a reading log at any time at the library, and the program officially gets underway Monday., 830-278-3335

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