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Summer Reading Programs–Free Books!


I never thought I’d have to lure and entice my twins into reading–I’m the kid who always got in trouble for sneaking a flashlight in the bed to keep reading after lights out!  Nonetheless, Zachie and MacLean need a little incentive every now and then.  Fortunately, there’s a pile of local and national programs available to make summer reading fun.

Barnes & Noble and Borders Books both have reading programs that allow your little one to strut in and select a free book after keeping a reading log for 10 books (Borders, find that offer and download a reading log  here) or 8 books (for Barnes & Noble, download your book diary here.)

Every city has a public library system with a reading program for summer that’s meant to encourage kids to keep up their skills–many even offer schoolwork and homework assistance.  You can find your local connections by checking the national site here.

From the Salt Lake County Public Library: this year’s Summer Reading Kickoff Party is going to be bigger and better than ever. The new location is Veteran’s Memorial Park, home of the upcoming new West Jordan Library, located at 1985 West 7800 South. In addition, this FREE event is held with longer hours for more fun on Saturday, June 11 from noon to 6:00 p.m.  Click here for more information.

Utah First Lady Jeanette Herbert is issuing a Summer Reading Challenge as well–fill out a summer reading log and get a signed certificate from the Governer and the First Lady, all manner of food coupons and other goodies.  You can download the log and learn more here

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