Vacation fun is blossoming at all 12 Fort Vancouver Regional Library District branches and bookmobiles with the launch of the 2003 Summer Reading program.
The "Books in Bloom" program officially begins Sunday, June 1, with summer-long activities for kids and teens through Sunday, Aug. 31.
All activities and events are free and open to the public.
Kids through ages 12 are invited to visit their local library and pick up children's summer reading packets. The packets contain a button, bookmark, schedule of events, and activity book with reading log.
For every 20 minutes children read or are ready to, they can mark their progress in the reading log. When five hours of reading has been completed, participants can bring the log to the library or bookmobile and receive a certificate of achievement and a free coupon for a treat.
The Teen Summer Reading program is open to youth who are 12 years old by Aug. 31 or going into seventh grade, through age 19 or entering 12th grade. Teens can get their "Books in Bloom" registration cards and journals from any library branch or bookmobile.
Once they've completed 10 hours of reading and filled in journal entries about what they've read, they can bring in their first journal for a $10-value book gift card or movie pass, while supplies last.