As the last day of school marks the beginning of summer vacation, the Columbia County Library’s Summer Reading Program is about to begin.
The program is designed to encourage children to read during the summer, keeping their skills sharp while school is out, said children’s librarian Natalie Pulley of the Columbia County Library in Evans.
A kick-off celebration is planned for 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the library in Evans.
“Dream Big” is the program theme for children. “Own the Night” is the theme for young adults.
“About 1,600 kids actually completed the program last year,” Pulley said.
To complete the program, which runs through July 20, children must read 35 books, or read or be read to for 15 hours.
Young adults are required to complete 17 hours of reading.
“Any kid who is reading chapter books would do the hours instead of the books,” Pulley said.
For the younger children, library story times count toward their goals.
Pulley said those planning to participate just need to pick up a log sheet from the library and return it before July 20.
Those who complete the required books or reading hours will receive a prize package containing coupons for free times, including some from Chili’s, Stevie B’s, Chick-fil-A and Brunswick Bowling Lanes.
For more, visit any of the counties three libraries, call the Evans library at (706) 863-1946,or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov and follow the links to the libraries.