By Sue Dumont
Children's Program Librarian
---- — KINGSTON —Reading can bring you to the stars and back; just ask the kids who recently participated in a reading incentive program called “Reach for the Stars” at Kingston Community Library.
Children of all ages participated in the “Reach for the Stars” ten-day reading challenge where they pledged to read and were sponsored by family and friends to read for at least thirty minutes each day. Children too young to read by themselves shared a book fifteen-minutes a day with a parent.
At the end of the ten-day period, children logged a total of 2,800 minutes and collected $1000 in pledges!
Bernadette Randle, a representative for Usborne Books, and Susan Dumont, the Kingston Community Library’s Children’s Program Librarian, worked together to spread the word and coordinate the program. Each child received a reward of half their collected pledges in books. The Kingston Community Library was rewarded as well, receiving $200.00 in books and $300.00 in cash to support the summer reading program.
The titles added to the collection have enhanced the existing collection for young readers. With the summer reading program fast approaching, these additional reading materials will be a bonus for the children participating in the “Dig Into Reading” theme sponsored by the state library.
Top readers this year were also rewarded with a special bonus prize. In the Read to Me category, Elyse Nicolai received a stuffed bunny. The two top readers, Nylah Neptune and Jasmyn Bolte, each received a prize of “Librarian for a Day.” Winners of the 10-10-10 challenge for collecting at least $100 in pledges will receive a free Kid-Kit from Usborne Books.