Participants in Pulaski County Library System’s annual Summer Reading Program logged around 100,000 hours of reading throughout the summer.
This is the first year participants in the program, which ended July 31, were able to register online the number of hours read. A total of 96,795 hours were logged online; however, some opted to continue keeping track of their hours using a paper reading log.
As a result, Youth Services Librarian Jena Hardy said the total number of hours participants read is probably well over 100,000.
Young participants, including babies and children in preschool and early elementary school received a prize for every five hours they read (or were read to). For the first five hours, they could choose a prize from the library’s “treasure chest.” For 10 hours, they earned a coupon for free ice cream from Sonic in Pulaski. For 15 hours, they earned a pool pass for Randolph Park and for 20 hours, they earned a book to keep.
Participants in upper elementary, middle and high school had the opportunity to enter a prize drawing of their choice for every five hours they read. Prize winners included:
Wal-Mart Gift Cards
Target Gift Cards
Barnes and Noble Gift Cards
Gamestop Gift Cards
Regal Cinemas Gift Cards
NRV Mall Gift Cards
Random (gift cards to Sweet Frog, gift certificates for free ice cream at Draper Mercantile and afternoon bike rentals at NRV Junction, tote bags, pool passes for Randolph Park)
Star Readers (read 20 hours or more during the Summer Reading Program)