Reading club offers ‘magic’ moments

Christopher Gooding
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Youth services librarian Chantelle Taylor wants you to “Go” to you local library and enlist in the annual summer reading club. Besides the joy of reading, the libraries are offering prizes for participation this year.

AMHERST – Who wants to sit around reading this summer when they could go to a water park?

Well, how about this: do both.

Cumberland Public Libraries' seven branches in the county are challenging readers of all ages to keep up their literary skills this summer while offering prizes and the opportunity to receive buy-one, get-one free passes to Magic Mountain in Moncton this summer through their Summer Reading Club program.

“It’s self-driven, so participants can pick what they want to read and it makes it simpler,” Cumberland Public Libraries’ youth services librarian Chantelle Taylor said. “It also makes it fair for the older kids, because they get into young-adult readers, like Harry Potter. 18 hours of reading could be one book, or 18 books.”

The club breaks down into three categories: children 3 years to 12; ages 12 and up; and adults. Each are challenged to read between 12 and 24 hours this summer, and as an incentive they receive ballots for prizes. Kids and teens will earn their Magic Mountain passes for reading for a pre-determined amount of time.

Children and teenagers can choose the amount of time they want to achieve reading, wile adults receive the additional challenge of having genres picked out for them.

“It’s self-driven, so participants can pick what they want to read and it makes it simpler.” Chantelle Taylor, Cumberland Public Libraries’ youth services librarian

“You don’t have to stick to the list, but if you want to try something different its ther,” Taylor said. “Maybe you haven’t read a graphic novel before, or maybe you’re someone who prefers romance. It’s a chance to get out of your niche.”

This year’s theme for the summer reading club is “Go,” and a number of activity days built around the theme will take place at the seven branch here in Cumberland County.

Registraion for the reading club is June 17th and the libraries will be hosting a kick-off party June 28, but participants should check with their local library to be sure.

As an added bonus for readers, too, the Cumberland Public Libraries will be touring its Lego robotics program. Children will create their own machines, each of which can perform unique tasks including a robotic dog that will follow you.

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