May 29, 2019
Writer: Jaime Strobel

Many libraries throughout Eastern Idaho are getting ready to launch their summer reading programs next week.

Idaho Falls Public Library will be June 3- August 24. The theme will follow the collaborative reading theme throughout the country, “A Universe of Stories.”

Mallory Snow, children’s programming specialist at Idaho Falls Public Library, said kids get to set their own reading goals and read any books they want. They can earn “book bucks,” depending on if they reach their goals, which will allow them to redeem prizes from the summer reading store.

The store will have school supplies and toys kids can choose to buy with their book bucks. For every weekly goal met, children will get 10 book bucks. They can spend them weekly or save them until the end of summer to buy larger prizes.

Snow shared the example of a mother who set a goal with her child to read a different story each day. This helped them get out of the routine of reading the same book over and over again.

There are divisions for children, teens and adults. While children get to set their own reading goals, teens and adults will be given reading challenges to pass off throughout the summer. They will have an opportunity to receive prizes as well.

Those who participate will have 12 weeks to complete the program. They are required to read 10 out of the 12 weeks to be entered into the grand prize.

The library also has other activities throughout the year for people to get involved in.

One of those activities is the Extreme Book Nerd program, which lasts throughout the year. Those who sign up are required to read either 25, 50 or 75 books in one year.

For this program, there will be specific book categories participants will need to read from. A library card will be required to receive an entry for the prize.

“It has become a super popular program,” Snow said.

Idaho Falls Public Library welcomes anyone who wants to participate in the summer reading program. A library card will need to be associated with participants who are involved in the summer reading program and the Extreme Book Nerd program.

“We definitely want to be a part of childrens’ learning and early literacy,” Snow said. “And for the teens and adults we want to make sure that they keep reading too.”