LEWISTON – Children may register on Friday, June 17, for the Summer Reading Game at the Lewiston Public Library. Children will sign a contract to read for two hours or more each week and, if they do the reading, they win a weekly prize. All children from birth through age 12 can play. Prereaders play by having their parents read to them.

Registration will also begin for the Pen Pals Game, which matches children, ages 8 to 14, with their counterparts in the Lewistons of New York, Michigan and Idaho. The matches are all made between June 17 and July 1.

The library supplies paper, envelopes and stamps. Children win prizes when they have written and received enough letters.

The library’s summer games are designed to encourage steady reading and writing throughout the summer. Educators have found that children who do not read during the summer sometimes lose as much as one year’s progress in reading skills. Just a small amount of study each day can ensure that they enter the next grade with a leg up.

Jake Paris will lead a series of three consecutive cartooning workshops at 10 a.m. Wednesdays beginning June 29. Children, ages 10 to 14, who are interested should call to reserve a place.

The Children’s Room is looking for volunteers ages 12 to 18 to help with summer activities. No experience is necessary.

For more information about library programs, call the Children’s Room of the Lewiston Public Library at 784-0135, ext. 4, or look online at lplonline.org.

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