By Adam Black
The Ashland Beacon
Summer kicked off early for the Greenup County Public Library as they celebrated 15 years of the Summer Reading Program.
Children flocked to the main branch in Greenup Thursday evening to participate in the kickoff party of the program and get an early start on their summer reading.
“We want to help children avoid the summer slide,” Greenup County Public Library’s Children librarian Vicki Hughes said.
While the summer slide sounds fun, Hughes said it is not one children want to go on.
“Reading scores will slide during the summer if children don’t read,” Hughes said. “By offering the program and prizes it helps students maintain their reading skills throughout the break.”
This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories” incorporating space and the international space station. Participants who sign up for the program will be able to read stories and interact with recorded videos from astronauts from the International Space Station.
“It’s not live of course, but it’s really neat and we are looking forward to it,” Hughes said. “Along with that we will also have some other activities including a star gazing night.”
While children could get an early jump-start on reading and earning prizes for registering at the Thursday evening event, Hughes said children and teens can still sign-up for the official start of the summer reading program by June 1.
“The program will go from June to August,” She said.
To keep children interested in the program, Hughes, along with the rest of the staff of the Greenup County Library have planned several activities with all three locations of the library and are giving away four kindle fires as prizes.
“We want to keep the kids reading all summer long so we have put some great incentives in for them.”
To sign up for the Greenup County Public Library Summer Reading Program visit any three locations of the library.
“It has been amazing to watch it grow from about 100 kids to now more than 500,” Hughes said. “We are just so thankful for our community sponsors, without them none of it would be possible.”