Dig Into Reading! Summer Reading Program at the Athens-Clarke County Library

The Dig Into Reading! Summer Reading Program encourages children and families to keep reading during the summer months. There is much evidence that continued reading over the summer will contribute to maintaining skills.

Who is it for?

Kids from newborn to age 11. Children leaving the fifth grade can choose to participate in the reading program in either the Children's Area or the Young Adult Area. Visit each area and decide which one you like best.

How do I sign up?

Pick up a Dig Into Reading! Summer Reading log and bookmark at the Children's Area desk or register online by visiting our library's summer reading webpage and print your reading log from home. Write down the titles of books you read (or listen to), or how many hours you read or listen to books. Earn prizes by reading the required number of books or hours. We have one set of prizes for each reader:

  • Read 10 books or 5 hours: Your nametag goes up on the bulletin board.
  • Read 20 books or 10 hours: You earn the Dig Into Reading! certificate and sticker.
  • Read 30 books or 15 hours: You earn a Dig Into Reading! temporary tattoo.
  • Read 40 books or 20 hours: You earn a Dig Into Reading! painting sheet.
  • Read 50 books or 25 hours: You earn a paperback book, sponsored by Plum Creek Timber Company and American Pest Control, plus a Certificate of Achievement.

You can read anything you like: books, magazines or audiobooks on any subject. You can read books from home; they don’t have to be library books. Pre-readers earn prizes by listening to books read aloud. When older children read to younger kids, both children earn credit. Also record on your reading logs each time you attend a library program. Please present your reading log to our staff to receive prizes.

Camps and Groups

Camps can participate in the Summer Reading Program. We will provide camp leaders with materials for each camper.

Groups are welcome at programs but must phone in advance to (706) 613-3650, ext. 314 with number of participants. First priority will be given to groups from Athens-Clarke, Franklin, Madison, Oconee and Oglethorpe counties. While we occasionally provide library space for outside reading tutors to conduct their sessions in study rooms, the Library is unable to offer individual or group reading instruction.

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