Daycare provider Christina Ciufo holds her 2-year-old daughter, Hazel, while helping 2-year-old Trevor Harms stencil a brick Thursday at Lincoln Park across from the Bud Werner Memorial Library. Dozens of kids participated in decorating the bricks, which they were then able to take home for bookends. The library is hosting a summer reading program themed "Building Excitement, Building Readers."

Photo by Matt Stensland

Daycare provider Christina Ciufo holds her 2-year-old daughter, Hazel, while helping 2-year-old Trevor Harms stencil a brick Thursday at Lincoln Park across from the Bud Werner Memorial Library. Dozens of kids participated in decorating the bricks, which they were then able to take home for bookends. The library is hosting a summer reading program themed "Building Excitement, Building Readers."

Bud Werner Memorial Library's annual program grows in popularity

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— A massive expansion isn't the only thing Bud Werner Memorial Library is building in the coming months. With a summer reading program themed "Building Excitement, Building Readers," library staffers also hope to inspire students to pick up a book every day of the summer.

The annual program will run only six weeks this summer, instead of the usual eight, because of the construction project, but that hasn't stopped a group of dedicated youngsters and their parents from attending library events.

Divided into two age groups - children in kindergarten through fifth grade and

young adults in sixth grade and beyond - the program encourages youths to read for pleasure.

There are no oral reports, no essays and no tests. Just prizes.

In the children's program, each time a reader completes three hours of reading, he or she receives a prize - and if they complete the program, they receive a free book. Teenagers also can receive prizes, including gift certificates to local businesses.

Librarians Currie Meyer and Alison Lambart are drawing young readers into the library in other ways with daily trivia questions, a Book Pals program to match younger and older readers and Reading by the River time, with sunscreen and lawn chairs provided.

One of the best-attended events is Arts and Crafts Fun Thursdays, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Students are read a story during the first half hour and spend the second half hour outside doing crafts related to the story.

Although the programs started June 9, it's not too late to join. For more information, visit the library's Web site at: www.steamboatlibrary.org.

-To reach Zach Fridell, call 871-4208 or e-mail zfridell@steamboatpilot.com

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