by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”Reading has many benefits, from enjoyment to education, but the Town & Country Public Library is offering even more rewards for participants in Scare Up A Good Book.
That is the name of the library’s summer reading program this year at the Elburn Library. Through fun events and incentives, the program encourages children, teenagers and adults to read more from June through August.
Last year’s summer reading program, Read on the Wild Side, had approximately 1,000 youths and 400 adults participating, and coordinator Dwayne Nelson expects similar participation this year.
Nelson said the free program is so popular because it offers a different theme each year and prizes for those who complete their readingâ€”10 hours for children, four books for teens and three books for adults.
Participants may read whatever books they want, but they also may choose titles from the Scare Up a Good Book program list, such as murder mysteries for adults, graphic novels for teens and monster stories for children, which are not too scary, Nelson said.
â€œI have a bibliography of scary titles,â€ Nelson said.
Participants who finish by the last day of the program, Aug. 14, receive a $10 gift card from Barnes & Noble book store and are eligible for raffle prizes including a Raging Waves water park season pass, an annual family pass to Brookfield Zoo, tickets for a party of 15 to Randall 15 theater and two Chicago Sky tickets.
Those who read even more than what the program requires are eligible for other prizes, such as pizzas from Paisano’s and ice cream cones from Alice’s Place.
Among the other businesses who donated the prizes are Paisano’s, Raging Waves, Alice’s Place, Sugar Grove Family Fun Center and Kuipers Family Farm.
In addition to the prizes, the program offers special events throughout the summer, from concerts to magic shows (see events list).
Nelson uses the theme that the Committee of Illinois Librarians suggests each year for public library summer reading programs.
â€œI follow it because the programs are well-thought-out and fun for kids,â€ Nelson said.
Elburn residents may sign up for the program anytime this summer.
Scare Up A Good Book
Following are some of the special events scheduled for this summer at Town & Country Public Library, 320 E. North St., Elburn.
â€¢ Tom Lichtenheld (bestselling author)
Drawing & Writing Workshop
Thursday, June 24, 1 p.m.
â€¢ Dave Herzog’s Marionettes
Monday, June 28, 6:30 p.m.
â€¢ Young Rembrandts (8th-12th grades)
Thursdays, July 15-Aug. 12, 11:15 a.m.
â€¢ Mr. E. & Maggie Magic Show
Friday, July 30, 11 a.m.
â€¢ Reid Miller presents “Bump In the Night!”
Monday, Aug.9, 6:30 p.m.