Kids catch the summer reading bug |

Kids catch the summer reading bug

Lately the sun has been shining and the temperatures are on the rise. But it seems as of some of Park City’s youth have caught a bug.

Symptoms include frequent trips to the library and constantly having one’s nose stuck in a book. This summer the Park City and Summit County libraries are hosting the summer reading program and spreading a contagious enjoyment of non-required reading.

As part of the national theme of Catch the Summer Reading Bug, the local libraries are organizing programs to keep kids reading about bugs — and everything else.

"I think this theme is really a lot of fun and also because of the theme it’s also teaching the kids a lot," said Rori Allen, Youth Services Librarian at the Summit County Library. "I mean I’ve learned a lot about bugs so far."

Each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. the Summit County Library hosts a bug-themed story time, featuring a different bug each week. So far they have learned about ants and spiders, through fiction and non-fiction books. This Tuesday, in lieu of story hour, the library will get a visit from Kim and her cold-blooded creatures, which includes tarantulas, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, scorpions and more.

At the Park City Library, this Monday, there will also be a special event. Children and parents are invited to see the magic of Timothy, Utah’s comic magician in the Jim Santy Auditorium on the third floor of the library at 11 a.m.

The programs at the Summit County Library and the Park City Library differ slightly, but both offer rewards based on the amount of time spent reading.

At the Park City Library participating kids, of which there are 44 so far, get a coupon book and color in a bug for every 15-minute period they spend reading. Once they fill up a page with four bugs, equivalent to an hour, they are given a dye-cut spider to write their names on and place on a web. For each hour, they are also given a ticket to enter a drawing to win bug-related prizes, like bug jars and nets. Once a participating child has read five hours, he or she may also choose a new book from the library’s selection.

At the Summit County Library kids pick up a booklet to keep track of their hours. For each hour they read they are given a dye-cut ant to add to an ant trail that leads up to a picnic basket. Once they have read five hours, they get a spider to put on the spider web. Just for participating, all children are invited to the closing party on Aug. 12 at 11 a.m., which will feature all sorts of prizes and games and activities.

The Park City Library also has a reading program for older kids. They can pick up a punch card and get a piece of candy and a punch for each book they read. They are also entered into a drawing to win gift certificates to Orion’s music. The punch card also has free choice punches which are given when teens listen to an audio book, music CD, watch a video, read a magazine or comic book or attend a library program.

Paisley Bothe, 10, is participating in the teen program at the Park City Library. She said that even though she wanted to take it easy after school ended, she enjoys challenging herself to read more by participating in the program. And that it makes her "more excited and motivated to read." She is currently re-reading the Nancy Drew series, which are her favorite books.

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