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Summer reading program kicks off in Mid-Missouri

by Anakin Bush | June 20, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.
Summer reading is underway at Callaway County Public Library, Holts Summit Public Library and other Daniel Boone Regional Library locations.

Daniel Boone Regional Library has begun its annual summer reading program at four locations in the area.

This year's theme for the program is Oceans of Possibilities, with a reading list focused around water and ocean-themed fiction and nonfiction books. The program began June 1 and runs until Aug. 13. Signups are available at anytime during the program period.

The summer reading program is free to join, with signups being offered online and at any library branch. The locations are Holts Summit Public Library, Southern Boone County Public Library, Callaway County Public Library and Columbia Public Library.

The summer reading program has different categories for each age group. The age groups are birth to age 5 and parents, ages 5-12, teens 12-18 and adults older than 18.

To incentivize reading, the program offers rewards to those who complete the criteria, which varies by age group, but involves reading a set number of books or for a set period of time and doing other listed activities and book reviews.

The rewards offered include free books for children and teens, as well as a free water bottles for adults. Those who complete the program will also be entered into a drawing for more prizes, including a gift card for a local business.

Mitzi St. John, public relations manager at Daniel Boone Regional Library, said the main goal for the summer reading program is to encourage lifelong reading for all age groups.

More than 6,000 people in Boone and Callaway counties have signed up for the program at all branches, she said.

The summer reading program helps cultivate reading and encourage continued reading for all age groups, she said.

Other events related to the theme of Oceans of Possibilities are also being put on by the library branches. The Holts Summit Branch is offering a light-up fish activity Wednesday. They are also offering Oceans of Possibilities adult coloring on Thursday.

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