OC Library to kickoff summer reading program

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Oil City Library will hold the kickoff event for its summer reading program Tuesday.

Children from the area can register for the program that will have a goal of getting them to participate more actively in reading.

Registration can be done any time on or after Tuesday.

After signing up, kids will receive a “brag tag” that says “Oil City Library” and will come in a variety of designs.

Children will set a goal of how many minutes they want to read throughout the summer and will turn in log sheets in exchange for beads to create a necklace or key chain.

“If they finish their goal, they will also receive a small prize pack at the end of the summer,” Annie Welsh, children’s librarian at Oil City Library, said.

There will also be weekly raffles, for which children will need their “brag tag” to enter into.

The program is entitled “On Your Mark, Get Set… Read!” and will focus on health and fitness this year.

Welsh said that zumba and yoga classes will also take place throughout the program.

The library doesn’t have any set guidelines for what sort of literature a child needs to read.

“They can read anything they want, it doesn’t have to be a library book,” she said, “We just want to get kids in here.”

The program will consist of eight program meetings where children will bring in their reading logs. The meetings will alternate between Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 10 a.m.

Children who attend at least two meetings will receive a free movie pass. The first meeting will be at 6 p.m. June 14.

Welsh’s program is intended for children from 3 to 12 years old, but she said the library doesn’t adhere strictly to that rule.

Other summer programs at the library include a reading program for teens, a lego-building activity, musical Mondays, and an end-of-summer party to cap off the programs on Aug. 13.

Parents can also read to their children if they have yet to learn, and the library asks for a minimum of 400 minutes of reading over the summer.