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Library reading challenge returns with space theme

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Students can honor the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk and explore space through this year’s Medina County District Library Summer Reading Game.

The summer reading program will begin Friday, May 31. It runs through

Aug. 10 with the theme, “A Universe of Stories,” in honor of those first historic steps taken on July 20, 1969.

“It’s ages birth through grade five for our paper game, which entails a game board which they would mark off for every day of reading,” said Gail Ebey, Children’s Department supervisor at the Medina Library.

“After 10 days of reading, and again after 20 days of reading, they get to pick a prize from our treasure box. … After 30 days of reading, they get a free book from the library.”

The theme is a collaborative library program with many libraries nationwide allowing young readers to take off for outer space through children’s’ literature.

“So many, many libraries throughout the United States are going to use that Universe of Stories theme in some capacity,” Ebey said.

Students in the sixth- through 12th-grade have an online game. They also get the chance to win participation prizes. The more they read; the more chances they have to win.

“We recommend 30 minutes a day for 30 days,” said Kelly Halleen, Children’s Department supervisor at the Brunswick Library.

“We work with Brunswick City Schools to have their elementary-age kids play our summer reading game because we want it to be a fun experience,” Halleen said. “We want the kids to read what they want to read and we’re trying to avoid that summer slide.”

According to Ebey, the summer slide is a term used for students who don’t keep up with their reading skills, or other educational skills, during the summer. While many schools across the county have their own summer reading programs,

“It either enhances their love of reading or it begins their love of reading,” said Ebey about the reading program.

“It’s always fun for kids to win prizes for anything that they are being encouraged to do.”

For more information or to register, visit www.mcdl.info.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.
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