It's time for summer reading at the 12 branches and three bookmobiles of Fort Vancouver Regional Library District.
The 2002 summer reading program called "Sail Into Reading" officially launched Saturday, June 1, with a summer-long schedule for kids and teens. The program ends August 31.
All activities and events are free and open to the public.
Kids through age 12 are invited to "sail on down" to their library to pick up their summer reading packets. In the packets, they'll find a button, bookmark, program details and reading log.
For every 20 minutes they read, or are read to, they can mark their progress in their reading log. When the logs are complete with five hours of reading, kids can bring them to the library or bookmobile and receive a certificate and their choice of a Baskin Robbins or McDonald's coupon. With each additional log completed, participants will receive their choice of coupon and a gold seal to add to their certificate.
In conjunction with the reading program, each branch has scheduled fun activities and special events for children and families during the summer months.
Teens can get their "Sail Into Reading" registration card and punch card from any library branch or bookmobile. Library staff will stamp the cards once for each book, magazine, on-line e-zine section of the newspaper or three comic books read or listened to. Teens can also earn stamps by reading three books to a young child or attending a library program. Ten stamps on the card earns the participant a book gift card or movie pass (limit two prizes). Additional punch cards will be entered into the end-of-the-summer drawing for remaining gifts.