Warrenton Library kicked off its summer reading program on May 24. Eight kids came out for the event. Last year, the program had approximately 90 participants. Crystal Walker, branch manager, said the library is hoping to see an increase.

Those participating in the summer program get reading logs. The logs have the option of completing activities for points, reading 40 books, or reading 20 hours. Teams can also read eight books together.

At the end of the program, prizes are given out. Adults can win a $50 Walmart gift card along with teens. Children can win a Bunch O Balloons game. The library also has a treasure box for the event.

In addition to the reading activities, the library has other events planned into the program. This year, there will be karaoke and game nights. Columbia County library, as a partner library, is also offering Warrenton patrons a chance to go to a concert with Tara Scheyer and the Mud Puppy Band.  And, for young people or parents wanting to find more ways to keep up with reading and other subjects during the summer, the library offers educational games that one doesn’t need a library card to access.

All of these things aim to bring more young people to the library.

“We try to motivate them to read more,” Walker said.

In addition to the Warrenton summer reading program, locals have a number of reading program resources. McDuffie County has its own reading program for the summer with activities. Those looking for more reading resources can also get access to thousands of free books for mobile devices through myON, a partner of the Get Georgia Reading campaign. For more details about reading resources, contact your local library.

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