Saturday launch of the summer reading program for children and teenagers

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STORY AND PHOTO OF KAREN BOSSICK

“Oceans of Possibilities” await the youth of Wood River Valley with the 2022 Summer Reading Program.

The Community Library will kick off its summer reading program from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 at the Children’s Library. There will be a jellyfish craft for the children to concoct and snacks will be served.

The Summer Reading Program runs until July 29 and will include great prizes for kids and teens who read and bring back their summer readings. Among the youth prizes: a Straws & Connectors building set, Lego Aquarium sets, giant plush Melissa & Doug narwhals, and $100 and $50 Toy Store gift cards.

Teen prizes include Apple AirPods and $100 cash.

All youth participants who report reading at least 500 minutes will receive a $10 voucher to Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum or Iconoclast Books in Hailey. Vouchers must be picked up in person at the community library or the Bloom Truck as it travels up and down the valley this summer, offering free lunches and free books.

Entrants may submit six reports of 500 minutes each for a maximum of six tickets entered into the Grand Prize draw.

Teen participants at 7e up to 12e notes must be at least 200 pages to receive a $10 bookstore voucher. They can write up to 12 reports of 200 pages each on paper journals available at the library or the Bloom Truck.

Young people can register online at https://comlib.org/use-the-library/children-and-young-adult-library/kids-summer-read/.

Teenagers can register online at https://comlib.org/use-the-library/children-and-young-adult-library/teen-summer-read/.

  • The Hailey Public Library offers a Mix ‘n’ Match summer reading program. To learn more, visit https://haileypubliclibrary.org/summer-reading-2022/

    Teens can register online for Summer reading is considered important to stop the Summer Slide where young people learn some of the skills they developed in school. Young people who read six books over the summer perform better in reading and correspond when they return to school.

  • And the Bellevue Public Library will host a sign-up party for its summer reading program on June 8. The library will also offer free outdoor games, storytelling and crafts on Wednesdays from June 15 to July 13. For more information, call 788-4503.
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