Summer reading programs begin this month at library

Scott De Laruelle

If you go
What: Fitchburg Public Library summer reading program kick-off event
When: 11 a.m., Saturday, June 14
Where: Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road
Info: 729-1760

After a brutal winter and cool spring, summer is finally warming things up, and what better time than to start getting into some good books.

The Fitchburg Public Library is kicking off its summer reading program with a “Mad Science” event at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, to help people get back in the summer swing, and to get reading. This year, the library is offering separate programs for children, teens and adults, with plenty of incentives to read a lot this summer.

The pre-readers (ages up to 5) program encourages parents and children to spend time reading together and complete early literacy activities. A prize will be awarded for every 1.5 hours spent reading together.

Children ages 5-11 will be encouraged to read throughout the summer. For every 2.5 hours read, a prize will be awarded, including baseball tickets to a Madison Mallards game, free Toppers Pizza, toys and books.  

There will also be a chance to win gift cards to iTunes, Game Stop or Barnes & Noble. This year, for the first time, the number of hours children read will result in a proportional number of books donated to the Boys and Girls Club – if children can read 6,000 hours, the library will donate 333 books.  

Teens (ages 12-17) will have a chance to win a Kindle Fire and other prizes for each title they read and review. They are also encouraged to consider being a volunteer at the library for the summer.  

All adults 18 years and older are encouraged to participate in the adult program. For every book read, they can choose a prize drawing to enter for the chance to win a Keurig Kit (including K-cups, mug, and reusable filter), aromatherapy whirlpool from Kneaded Relief Day Spa, or an assortment of gift cards.  

Fitchburg library director Wendy Rawson said staff is “super excited” about this year’s programs, and they hope to top last year’s total of more than 1,000 people registered.

Rawson said the first 400 people to register will get a water bottle with the library’s logo on it.

“As always, we are thankful to the Friends of the Fitchburg Library for supporting the program and allowing us to offer great prizes to each age group,” she said.

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