A flyer from the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District delivers the following message: “Get Smarter: READ!”Those who sign up for local “Dig into Reading” programs get an added bonus: Prizes to reward minutes read.
The Camas and Washougal public libraries both have reading programs in place to encourage children and teenagers to read during their school break.
“Youth who read during the summer will practice their reading and comprehension skills, and are likely to start school in the fall more prepared,” said Ellen Miles, Camas youth services librarian. “That leads to smart kids who will grow up to be doctors and scientists who will change the world for the better.”
The Camas library has offered a summer reading program since 1942. Currently, prizes include gift cards, free meals, toys, books, T-shirts and a swim party to those who participate in and complete the summer reading program.
The library also includes weekly activities such as a juggler, magicians, crafts, games and summer movies every Wednesday at 2:30, with free popcorn.