The Union County Public Library System’s annual summer reading program kicks off in June, and the system’s executive director, Michael O’Connell, hopes to make this the biggest year yet.
âWe are putting together a full calendar of events and including all branches,â O’Connell said on Friday. “We expect 400 (children to participate) this summer.”
Despite an increase in COVID-19 cases last summer, 236 children participated in the summer reading program. Kids received small prizes for every 10 books read during the duration of the program, and summer’s top readers in four age categories won $ 40 in Walmart gift cards when the number of books read increased. been recorded in August.
To ensure UCPLS is able to meet its participation goals this year, O’Connell seeks sponsors for the program early on.
Five levels of sponsorship are available to businesses and individuals who wish to support the summer reading program.
At the top level, Title Sponsorship is available to an individual, group, or business for $ 5,000. They will receive “the most prominent placement on all banners on the site” as well as endorsements in all press about the program, including press releases, UCPLS website updates and promotion of the program. social media.
There are seven opportunities to be weekly sponsors for $ 1,500; they will also benefit from a “prominent position on all the banners of the site” as well as promotion in all the press concerning the program.
Thirty-five opportunities are available to be daily sponsors for $ 250. They too will receive placement on all site banners and all media mentions on the program.
Six branch sponsorships are available for $ 500; these will allow sponsors to support a specific branch of UCPLS. Branch sponsors will receive a âprominent location on the branch bannerâ in their chosen library branch and all press mentions regarding the program.
In-kind sponsors will be invited to provide prizes and / or supplies for the reading program. They will also be placed on all site banners and mentioned in the program’s introductory and concluding press releases.
âPrimary-age children receive prizes for ten books read. These are often small items: gift cards, small toys and more. Last year we had bigger t-shirts, notebooks and prizes for everyone who achieved their goals, âO’Connell mentioned. âWe hope to offer more and better prizes to those who participate and finish. “
The summer reading program will begin on June 13 and run until July 29. Reader registration will begin in early June.
The theme of this year’s program is âOceans of Possibilityâ.
âWe will be presenting books on aquatic and nautical themes,â said O’Connell.
The Barton Library in El Dorado will host daily events for the program, which will include entertainment with a themed learning component, crafts and a snack, according to a press release.
The other UCPLS branches – Harper Memorial in Junction City and the Huttig, Smackover, Norphlet and Strong Libraries – will also host program events on a more limited schedule.
Readers will also be able to read from home if they choose with the Libby by Overdrive app, which library card holders can download to Apple or Android devices. The Libby app offers more than 50,000 titles.
âSummer reading programs are a great way to support children and help build communities,â O’Connell said.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities for the UCPLS Summer Reading Program, contact O’Connell at 870-863-5447 or [emailÂ protected] or visit the Barton Library, 200 E. 5th St.