Clare kicks off reading program

CLARE – Young readers in Clare had the opportunity to get ready to dig into a good book Tuesday evening during the Clare Public Library’s summer reading program kickoff.

This year’s program with the theme “Dig Into Reading” began Tuesday and will run through the end of July, offering incentives for kids to keep reading during the summer months.

When five books are read and reading records are returned to the library, each participant will move to the next level on the reading wall, which features a worm theme to go along with the “dig in” summer reading program theme. For each level completed readers will be able to enter a prize drawing and earn special prizes such as gummy worms. Participants then have the option of starting back at the beginning again. Clare Librarian Kathy Allen said.

“It keeps them reading during the summer months,” said Allen. “We usually have quite a few kids.”

Those in attendance Tuesday were treated to hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans and desserts and a special program on worms, presented by Erin Ford with Webster County Conservation.

Ford read the children’s book “Diary Of A Worm” by Doreen Cronin and presented a few facts most may not know about worms.

“They actually have hairs that anchor them in the ground,” said Ford. “They don’t have a mouth and the largest worm ever found was 22 feet long.”

After a lesson on the slimy creatures, each child received a worm-themed activity page and a gummy worm to measure and compare to the size of a real worm.

A reading program for adults will also be available this summer, focusing on the theme “Beneath the Surface” which focuses on haunted sites around Iowa. For every 200 pages adults read, they will also be eligible for prizes. The adult program will conclude Aug. 11 with a paranormal presentation.