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Summer reading programs offer prizes for kids, adults

Reading helps fight "summer slide" in students

ROANOKE –  Local summer reading programs are underway and many have prizes for all ages, even adults.

The Roanoke County Public Library offers the program every year, trying to fight the "summer slide" in students.

"We just like to encourage kids to keep reading throughout the summer. They are out of school, it's so beneficial for them, for their vocabulary, comprehension and we try to make it fun," said Tara Smith, children's library assistant.

Infants to 11 year olds can fill out a BINGO sheet where children can do a variety of activities over the summer. Prizes include books and incentives from McDonald's, the Salem Red Sox and Green Ridge Receration Center. Parents have a choice when signing their child up for Summer Reading this year. Independent Reader is intended for children ages 7 to 11 years old. Reading Together is most appropriate for infant to 6 years old. Both age groups have a BINGO sheet where children can do a variety of activities throughout the summer. Kids may find BINGO two times and even choose to do all of the activities for the third level of prizes.

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New this year is a "fine- forgiveness card" that's valid through the end of August for up to $30.

Older children can win prizes and be entered to win a $100 gift card. In addition to reading and winning, special events and activities are scheduled throughout the summer at all Roanoke County Public Library locations. Event information for the Teen Summer Reading Program can be found on the library’s website. Participants must sign up in person.

Adults are eligible for prizes too.  Each participant must read or listen to five books, eBooks, or audiobooks. For each book read or listened to, the participant will complete a ratings slip with the title, author, and a rating from loved it to hated it. Return the completed log to your library by August 5 to receive an infuser water bottle and to be entered in a grand prize drawing at your library branch.

Lynchburg libraries have a goal for kids of at least 30 books for prizes.   Botetourt County also has a program. Check with your local library to see what it offers this summer.