West Chandler’s Sunset branch library has joined a citywide program offering free, age appropriate reading programs and prize incentives to encourage reading during the summer months and beyond.
Sunset branch librarian Sue Hoffman says summer reading programs can help parents prepare their children for a lifetime of reading, as well as helping school-age children sustain or advance their reading skill levels during the summer break.
And teenagers and adults can enjoy a variety of benefits from reading, while also modeling good learning habits for children, Hoffman says.
Summer reading programs, which continue now through July 31, include:
Extra! Extra! Read Your Way to the Ballpark! (birth through 18 years old) — By reading or listening to a book for 20 minutes, reading 50 pages of any book, or completing one book, the participants advance on a game board and earn prizes along the way.
Readers who reach the finish line can earn bonus prizes, including a ticket to a Diamondbacks game.
Reading is Delicious (ages 12-18) — By reading for just 16 hours, teen participants receive a journal, a book bag and a free meal from Chipotle Mexican Grill. There are also weekly drawings for Krispy Kreme donuts, Dominos Pizza and more. The grand prize drawings include a laptop computer, $400 Visa gift card, a flat screen TV and a 32-gigabyte IPAD.
Treasure Reading (adults 18 and older) — Adult participants fill out a slip for each book they read during the program. The slips must be deposited in the box at the reference desk at the library.
A $20 gift card drawing is held each week, and a $50 gift card grand prize drawing will be held at the end of the program.
Another reading program at the Sunset branch is High Five Reading Together, specifically designed to help parents with very young children.
High Five started earlier this year and is an ongoing program that will continue through the end of the year and possibly beyond.
Parents with babies, toddlers and infants up to five years can participate in the program during Storytime sessions at the Sunset branch and other city libraries.
The program provides parents with resources, such as activity cards with vocabulary words, reading and prereading tips, and book recommendations for those under 18 months.
When parents and children attend a weekly library Storytime session they receive a new activity card, part of a collectible set.
They also receive a supplemental Road to Reading placemat that can be personalized with photos and stickers as helpful reminders to stay on a reading schedule.
Details on these reading programs and a variety of summer activities are available online at www.chandlerlibrary.org .
Chandler Sunset library is at 4930 W. Ray Road. Phone: 480-782-2840.