School vacation has arrived for kids across the Oklahoma City area, and the Metropolitan Library System aims to keep them reading with summer reading programs.
Program games are available for early childhood, older children and teens. Readers reach different goals with each book they read. Parents and teens can sign up and obtain summer reading program game boards at their local library branches.
“We have lots of great prizes this year,” young adult services coordinator Emily Williams said. “Sonic has donated 14,000 books. We also have a lot of great activities and free music programs and concerts.”
The summer reading program started Saturday and runs through July 31. If participants reach their goals they get a free book. Reaching a second goal nets a book with coupons from area attractions. Teens get backpacks, and those in the early childhood program get a rubber duck.
This year's theme is “Dig Into Reading.”
“That's our motif that we will play off of as far as artwork and programming,” Williams said. “In a lot of the teen stuff we're doing a red dirt painting class and in another they will handle skeletons and learning about the science of bones and fossils.”
About 25,000 people participated in last summer's reading programs. Participation increases about 10 percent every year, Williams said.
Summer activities will include performances from Rhythmically Speaking, the Sugar Free All Stars and OKC Improv. For a complete schedule, go to www.metrolibrary.org.