Base library kicks off summer reading program
By Pfc. Bernadette L. Ainsworth
| | November 27, 2007
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Kaneohe Bay --
Children and their parents gathered at the base library here, where the summer reading program was officially kicked off Wednesday.
To open the 15th annual summer reading program, participants received a visit from Ronald McDonald.
McDonald read stories and played games with the children, to demonstrate how reading can be fun.
Participants in the reading program receive incentives for reading which in turn helps the children gain reading experience, said Murray R. Visser, supervisory librarian at the base library.
"They will more likely spend time in the library reading this summer than going somewhere else and getting bored," he said.
The summer reading program is open to children of all ages in the military community. The children are required to fill out a reading log of how many hours and how many books they've read.
Participants must have their reading logs completed and turned in to the library by August 7. Reading logs can be picked up at the library and are divided into two categories: picture books and chapter books.
A reading log is complete when 10 hours of reading chapter books has been completed or 15 picture books have been read.
After each reading log is turned in, the child will be able to enter into the book drawing and receive a coupon for McDonald's for a free drink, french fries, apple pie or a serving of ice cream.
From there, the librarians will tally the amount of books read. The children with the most books read and with the most hours spent reading in each category will receive a prize. Age divisions are: 3 years and under, 4-6 years, 7-9 years, 10-12 years and 13 years and up.
August 14 will mark the end of the summer reading program concluding with a wrap-up party. Each child that participates in the summer reading program will receive a certificate of participation.
"We want the children to realize that the library can be a fun place to go. It's not just for studying or a place that you have to be quiet in," said Visser.
The base library is open Monday-Wednesday 11:30-8 p.m., Thursday 10-8 p.m., Saturday 9-4 p.m. and Sunday 12-8 p.m. For more information contact the base library at 254-7624.