Summer reading off to great start
From Submitted Reports June 25, 2012 3:08PM
Updated: July 27, 2012 6:06AM
ELGIN — The number of young people who have signed up for the Reading Is So Delicious summer reading program at Gail Borden Public Library is now more than 6,300, library officials said. This exceeds the number of young people who registered all of last summer, and the library is continuing to take registrations through July 15.
The current breakdown by youth group is:
Littlest Listeners: 447
Reading Together: 1,224
Middle School: 1,179
High School & Studio 270: 214
In addition, the Elgin Al Fresco bistro tables (the public art project that is partnered with the summer reading theme) are on parade throughout the community. Local businesses are supporting the summer reading program by offering Reading Is So Delicious Specials (Elgin Public House, In The Neighborhood Deli, Taylor Family Branch YMCA, Herb’s Bakery and Spring Hill Gymnastics are already signed up).
In addition, at the Elgin Harvest Market that takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 4, its “Kid Row” will have a station featuring “Vern the Worm” who will promote good eating and reading. Every Thursday, kids can try a new veggie and show a checked-out Gail Borden Library book and receive a prize. Also, the market will feature a sign with Gail Borden Library info and fliers that list books about healthy eating which are available for checkout at the library.
Schools are continuing reading and academic support throughout the summer. Ten teachers from Highland Elementary School meet groups of students at the library weekly. This program will continue through July.