Maricopa County summer reading program starts on June 1

Summer reading program kicks off June 1.

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Maricopa County officials want residents, especially youths, to enjoy the summer by participating in the annual summer reading program, from June 1 to Aug. 1.

Participants of all ages can log their reading online, read an exciting original story, complete challenges, and attend library events at any of the Maricopa County Library District’s 17 branches, along with 45 other local libraries during the nine-week program.

This year’s theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!,” focuses on sports and fitness topics along with challenging participants to exercise their minds by reading at least 20-minutes a day (#read20az).

“Summer is the perfect time to read for fun,” said Clint Hickman, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, District 4 chairman, in a prepared statement.

“Think about it — complete freedom to read what you want, and not to have it be a homework assignment. Whether you like adventure, mystery, or science fiction, there’s something for everybody at our wonderful public libraries. Join Maricopa County Reads.”

Readers can log their summer reading activities to earn points for reading as one minute equals one point. Points are also rewarded for attending library events, completing online challenges, and participating in community experiences.

A free Chipotle meal is worth 500 points and a free book of their choice from an online marketplace is worth 1,000 points while supplies last. Readers can earn badges for participating in the activities, and compete with family and friends to see who can log the most time this summer.

“Our summer reading program is certainly fun, but it is also one of the county’s major contributions to community literacy efforts,” said Cindy Kolaczynski, Maricopa County Library District director. “We love helping kids maintain their literacy skills during the summer while challenging them with games and experiences that create excitement around reading.”

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