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Fun and prizes part of Summer Reading Challenge for people of all ages; readers meeting specific goa


The Summer Reading Challenge, for children, teens and adults, kicks off June 11 and ends in August. The city-sponsored, eight-week program encourages reading for pleasure during the summer by setting goals for each age group and offering incentives and prizes for achieving them.

Participants may read books, comic books, magazines, newspapers or whatever they like, in print or digital formats. Audiobooks count, too.

“The Summer Reading Challenge is for all ages, and is especially designed to keep children and teens reading and engaged in fun learning activities,” said Katie Cerqua, youth and family services manager for Virginia Beach Public Library. “Children who read and participate in programs during summer are more likely to retain the skills they learned during the school year and avoid the learning loss known as ‘summer slide.’ ”

Virginia Beach Public Library offers a variety of fun, free educational programs for all ages year-round and especially during summer, with nearly 170 programs in June alone.

Highlights this year include, visits with costumed storybook character, "Biscuit" the puppy, at nine branches from June 16 to June 23; barnyard parties with Teeny Tiny Farm's live, miniature animals at six branches, June 16 to 23; and magic by John Kingry at six branches, June 20 to August 2. Find details on these programs and more at www.VBgov.com/library-events.

During the challenge, children earn age-appropriate prizes for five, 10, 20, 40 and 50-book milestones. New this year, children ages birth to 12, who read 20 minutes a day for at least five days each week, will earn a ticket to VBPL's Super Reader Celebration at the Virginia Aquarium on Thursday, August 9.

Teens who read at least three books earn a $12 Barnes & Noble gift card and a chance to win raffle prizes for reading more and participating in a variety of activities.

Adults who track 20 hours of reading win a tote bag and a coupon to the Friends Book Shop, with chances to win raffle prizes by logging even more reading. To register for the challenge visit www.VBgov.com/SRC.

The challenge is funded by more than $84,000 in grants from the Friends of Virginia Beach Public Library and the Virginia Beach Library Foundation, with additional donations and prizes provided by a variety of local businesses and organizations.

Virginia Beach Public Library offers a variety of fun, free educational programs for all ages year-round and especially during summer, with nearly 170 programs in June alone.

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