Cassaundra Day, supervisor at the Lapel branch, said they have a different theme every week, such as gardening, dinosaurs and those ever so popular worms. July has more of a family theme, she added.
The kids get to play games like word searches and mazes and receive free books.
Robinson said the kids receive prizes every time they rack up 100 minutes of reading time - up to 500 minutes - and can choose “whatever suits their fancy” from a variety of choices. Though many pick books anyways, she added.
Day said they want the kids to become familiar with the library and “see reading can be fun.”
“I like it (Dig In!) because there’s a lot of good books,” said Brock Harper, 9, at the Lapel Library.
He lifted a book with a dinosaur and komodo dragon on the cover as an example.
Miles Taulmen, 5, loves to build stuff and made sure to grab hold of a Lego book. He really enjoys playing with his police and firemen Legos.
Staci Terrell, teen services librarian at the main branch, said the teen theme is Beneath the Surface with activities like the creation of book trailers and lessons revolving around the revolutions of the world. She typically sees up to 25 kids in each session.
“I just want teens to realize Anderson Public Library serves them just as much as anyone else in the community,” she said, adding she wants to keep them interested in reading.
Anderson Public Library’s summer reading sessions will wrap up Aug. 1 with a party featuring the Cirque Amongus and a cakewalk-like raffle with reconditioned bicycles, smart tablets and other prizes at 2 p.m. in Lapel and 6 p.m. in Anderson.
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