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'Build a Better World' Summer Reading Program Underway at Summit Free Public Library


SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Free Public Library today kicks off its annual summer reading program. "Build a Better World," which invites residents of Summit and the surrounding communities -- in all age groups -- to register, participate, read, and earn tickets to enter to win Grand Prizes at the end of the summer. The program also features several special events taking place all summer long, again for all ages. 

For the youngest patrons, ages 6 months through entering Kindergarten, the Library is re-launching its "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" Program, with a goal of creating opportunities for parents of young children to read together and write down the books that they read on their reading log. Reading together is fun and creates life-long memories for the both the child and their parents.

For every 10 books read together, the child can take home a small prize. After 100 books read together, the family can stop by the library and show a librarian to receive a milestone sticker. After that, families will earn a milestone sticker for every book read together up to 1,000 books. After reaching the 1,000-book plateau, families may stop at the 'Ask Us' desk for a special certificate. Regardless of how many books are read, families are encouraged to keep reading together until their child enters Kindergarten

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If one's child is in elementary, middle or high school, they may track the number of minutes read.  Once they read for a specific amount of time, they will receive a small grab bag prize or a free book or comic book, and a ticket to enter to win one of several Grand Prizes, which will be chosen once school resumes in September. Additionally, summer reading participants who live in Summit may visit the library in the beginning of August to take home a free pass for the Summit Family Aquatic Center. These passes can be used weekdays during the last two weeks of August.

Currently in its second year, the library now has a Summer Reading Program for Adults, ages 18 and up. All adults (ages 18+) are welcome to join, and participants do not need to be a Summit resident. For each book read, fill out a book review form and rate the book on a scale of 1-5 stars and, if so inclined, write a short review on the back. The book reviews will be placed in a binder so other people can get reading suggestions. The lower part of each review form will go into the prize entries box at the Reference Desk. After Labor Day, slips will be drawn randomly for the prizes. 

For more information about the summer reading incentive programs, and for a complete list of special events for all ages, visit summitlibrary.org. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Summit Free Public Library, the Summit Department of Community Programs, and other local organizations.

The Summit Free Public Library is located at 75 Maple Street.  

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