RUMFORD – Area young people are invited to “Be Creative @ the Library” during the summer reading program at the Rumford Public Library. The program is open to children of all reading abilities, from preschool through age 14.

Reading during the summer helps children maintain and enhance their reading and comprehension skills and their vocabulary. Younger children develop a positive, enthusiastic attitude toward learning to read when they are read to regularly.
Again this year, area businesses, Old Fort Western in Augusta and the Portland Sea Dogs are working together with the library to add encouragement through incentives to young readers.
Children are asked to read at least five days a week, for a length of time based upon the child’s age. Pre-readers may be read to by a parent, older sibling or other caregiver.
The program will run from Sunday, June 28, through Saturday, July 25. Each week that a reader meets the appropriate goal, s/he will receive a coupon for a kid’s meal.
Readers who meet the goal all four weeks will receive certificates for a cool treat. The Summer reading awards celebration for those who participate in the reading program will take place on Wednesday, July 29.
The first 75 readers to turn in a completed reading log will receive a voucher good for a free ticket to a Portland Sea Dogs game. Vouchers can be used on any of the dates that have been designated as a Sea Dogs summer reading program game date, subject to availability.
Along with the voucher will be an order form for redeeming the voucher, as well as for ordering additional tickets for those who will be attending the game with the reader.
Old Fort Western in Augusta is offering free admission to Maine children participating in their library’s summer reading program. Visit www.oldfortwestern.org to see the summer schedule.
More information on the summer reading program, as well as the reading logs for recording reading time, is available at the library. The calendar of events for the library’s daily activity program, which begins Monday, July 6, is also available in the Children’s Room and at the main desk.
The library shelves are filled with books about crafts, hobbies, science, dance, sports, music and poetry, as well as fiction.


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