Library rewards summer reading

Game boards and journals are ready to record kids' success

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Almost 20,000 young readers participated in the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District’s 2012 summer reading programs.

"Dig Into Reading!" is the theme for the 2013 children's summer reading program in the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District.

Children and teens can earn rewards while keeping their reading skills sharp with the free programs. Registration runs through Aug. 15; all rewards must be claimed by Aug. 31.

The library offers a preschool-level version geared for children from birth through 5 years old. Parents and caregivers can sign up their preschool children to receive a bookmark, a game board and a summer-fun calendar. Parents read to their children or do other activities with them to complete 10 steps on an early-learning game board for children up to 3.

There is a school-readiness game board for ages 3 to 5. Completed game boards can be exchanged for rewards.

School-age children (6 through 11 by Aug. 31) can sign up to receive a bookmark, a game board and a summer-fun calendar. After completing 15 squares on the game board, participants can visit a participating library for a reward.

For teens (12 to 19 years old by Aug. 31), the 2013 "Beneath the Surface" program offers a $5 Barnes & Noble gift card for every 10 hours of reading recorded in a journal (limited to the first four journals), or entry into a drawing for a grand prize. The fifth and subsequent completed journals will earn a reader chances to enter into the grand-prize drawing

Parents also can enter their children up to age 11 in grand-prize drawings held at participating libraries.

Information is available at any regional library or bookmobile, at 360-906-5106 or at http://fvrl.org.

Last summer, 16,451 children up to age 11 spent almost 5 million minutes in reading and other literary activities, earning 16,355 prizes. In the 2012 teen program, 3,277 participants read for 48,200 hours and collected 4,820 prizes.