FLINT – The Genesee District Library (GDL) will kick-off its Summer Reading Challenge on June 10 with the theme Build a Better World. Patrons may visit one of GDL’s 19 branches to pick up their log sheets and sign-up prize.
“If kids read during the summer they can avoid the summer slump,” said Katie Badgley, Genesee District Library Children’s Librarian. “They get so much vocabulary out of books, and if they like the story, they don’t even realize how much they’re learning.”
Until Aug. 5 participants can earn prizes for hitting reading benchmarks. At the end of the challenge children will earn a free book. They may also visit their library each week to put their name in a drawing for bigger prizes, including bowling parties, iPad Minis, Amazon gift certificates, Farmers’ Market gift cards and toys. Adults may participate as well, and at the end will win a free t-shirt for completing the challenge.
“Our summer programming supports the Summer Reading Challenge,” said Kelly Flynn, Community Relations Manager for the Genesee District Library. “Visit any of our 19 branches for a summer full of fun – magicians, crafts, animals, and all sorts of educational events.”
Last year more than 5,805 children participated. The Summer Reading Challenge is supported by proceeds from the Black History Month Brunch held in February. It is also sponsored by Cumulus Media, Bowl Flint, NCG Theaters and Rainforest Cafe.
Visit www.thegdl.org for more information, or call Kelly Flynn at 810-230- 9613. – G.G.