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Library summer reading program begins May 29

Staff Report~ 5/21/2014

ANTHEM – Maricopa County Reads, the premier summer reading program for 61 county libraries, is set to kick off near the end of this month.  From May 29-July 26, this year’s summer reading theme is FIZZ BOOM READ, with many events, programs, and materials for check-out, focusing on science.

To officially participate, customers need only to register online at www.summerreadingaz.org. 

Last year, more than 91,000 children, teens, and adults across the county participated.  
This year, the program hopes to grow by rewarding reading accomplishments with digital merit badges and game challenges.  While anyone who reaches the completion standard of 1,000 points is eligible to receive a free book, this year’s program provides new and exciting incentives such as cool digital badges, game challenges, and family-friendly programs.

For each minute a participant reads, he or she earns one point toward his/her reading goal. Points are not only earned for logging leisurely reading activities but also for attending library events, completing reading lists, participating in games, and engaging in community experiences. To get to 1,000 points, participants must complete the first four levels of the program identified in the Reading Adventure app. 

Summer reading is one of the library district’s major contributions to community literacy efforts.  It is believed that the GRA app will help kids maintain their literacy skills during the summer by challenging them with games and experiences that compel them to read, explore, and discover.

For more information about the 2014 Summer Reading Program or other activities at MCLD libraries, visit www.mcldaz.org.