Library launches summer reading program

Alisa Boswell

Registration for the Portales Public Library Summer Reading Incentive Program begins today at 10 a.m. at the public library.

Although the program is free, children and young adults participating must register in order to be in the program, said Tawna Luscombe, the children’s librarian.

Children participating are given a log-in sheet on which they record two hours a day of reading. If they complete their reading, they win prizes, such as gift certificates, coupons and multi-cultural toys.

“We encourage kids to do the Reading Incentive Program to keep them reading so they don’t lose everything they learn during the school year,” Luscombe said. “And we don’t tell them what books to read. It’s all for fun.”

The summer activities program begins Friday with a movie day at 10:30 a.m.

This program is also free and has been held every year for the last 25 years and has a different theme each year. This year’s theme is a multi-cultural theme called One World, Many Stories in the preschool through sixth grade program and called You are Here in the young adult program for ages 12 to 17.

“It’s fun but it’s also very challenging hoping you’ve got something that will interest them and draw them into the library,” Luscombe said.

She said this is her first year running the summer program and the most challenging part has been decorations.

“The team work has been the best thing,” said Olivia Ulibarri, the young adult librarian. “We’ve put a lot of work into this year and really spruced things up, so hopefully we will meet their expectations and get them really pumped about this place.”

Luscombe said the program will run for seven weeks and will focus on a different world continent each week, having crafts, foods, games and other activities which relate to the continent being studied.

“I think the kids make it worth it,” Luscombe said. “I’m excited to see the kids come back from last year and get them excited about being here so we can see them here more often.”

Luscombe said registration for the incentive program will be open all summer, so children can join any time. Both the reading and the activities program will run today through July 29 with a break from July 4 to July 8.