Cabot to kick off summer reading program

By Lisa Burnett Originally Published April 28, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated April 26, 2013 at 11:37 a.m.
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Daniece Howard, interim librarian at the Arlene Cherry Memorial Library in Cabot, holds a book on one of the subjects to be presented during the summer reading program.

— People of all ages and backgrounds are invited to read throughout the month of June during the summer reading program at the Arlene Cherry Memorial Library in Cabot.

The program kicks off June 3 and runs through June 30. Daniece Howard, interim librarian for the Cabot branch of the Lonoke/Prairie County Regional Library System, said this isn’t the first year for a summer reading program, but she said she hopes this summer’s program is bigger than ever.

“Last year, we had almost 500 children and between 50 and 60 teens,” Howard said.

However, the program isn’t limited to children and teens. Adults are also invited to participate.

Those taking part in the program will be encouraged to read 100 books during June. Book qualifications differ across age groups, Howard said.

“We count every 99 pages as one book for the teens,” Howard said.

Pages and books will be logged in a reading log that is given to readers at the beginning of the program.

“As [participants] read, they get prizes,” Howard said.

Prizes are given when 10, 25, 50 and 100 books are read. Along with reading, Howard said, guest speakers will come to the library to give presentations and have activities and crafts available for children.

“We’re going to have Toltec Mounds [park workers] coming in on June 11,” Howard said. Cave spelunkers, scuba divers and

Museum of Discovery representatives will also visit the library to talk about what they do.

Children, teens and adults are all invited to participate in the program, Howard said.

Potential participants can sign up for the program on June 3.

For more information about the summer reading program, call the Arlene Cherry Memorial Library at (501) 843-7661.

Staff writer Lisa Burnett can be reached at (501) 244-4307 or lburnett@arkansasonline.com.

Online Reporter Lisa Burnett can be reached at 501-378-3887 or lburnett@arkansasonline.com.

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