DOBSON — Reading is about words, but going by the numbers, the Dobson Community Library summer program “Ready, Set, Read!” has gotten off to a strong start.
The program features both a series of free entertainment events as well as a challenge where kids up to 16 years old earn points and prizes for reading lots of books.
About 100 children are already registered in the challenge, according to Branch Librarian Cindy Brannock, and about 70 children attended “Book Time,” with Ronald McDonald, which was held June 22.
Plenty of opportunities remain for interested kids to get involved.
“I’ve noticed when they start out young, they’re lifetime readers,” Brannock said. “They respect books.”
The reading challenge prizes provide a strong incentive. The point system is based on the level of difficulty for each book, ranging from 5 points for easy books to 25 for adult books.
Prizes are awarded for points earned along the way.
Every 250 points earns the child an entrance into a drawing for the grand prize: a free Nextbook tablet.
“We want it to be fun,” said Brannock. “We like it that they’re picking books they really enjoy.”
Participants will also earn 20 points for each program attended.
The following events, which begin at 10 a.m., are scheduled:
• June 29 – Donna Pruett,”Balloon Lady”
• July 6 – “Teamwork,” with coach David Diamont
• July 13 – Dance Works Studio performance
• July 20 – Field Day in Dobson Square Park
• July 27 – “Dakota & Friends,” Ed Bounds, dinosaur handler
New Saturday hours
Beginning July 9, the library will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
“We are growing, our circulation is growing,” said Brannock. “It’s the next step for us.”
The Dobson Community Library is located at 113 South Crutchfield Street. For more information, call 336-386-8208 or visit Facebook.com/dobsonlibrary.
Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.