Citizens For A Better Norwood

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Summer Readquest Kick Off Party this Saturday

Judy Adams at the Norwood Branch Library has put together a terrific lineup of educational and fun programs this summer for our young people. This is Judy’s first summer as our Children’s Librarian, and she is especially excited about Readquest, a completely free summer long program that encourages children to read as many books as possible and rewards them along way for their progress. Judy tells us that 386 kids participated in Readquest last year and that most of them lived in Norwood. She’s been visiting our schools recently, promoting the program to increase participation this summer.

Children receive various rewards for completing levels of reading. For instance, for every 5 books or 2 ½ hours of reading, they’re given little toy prizes. Each child who completes the 4th level, 20 books or 10 hours of reading, gets to select a free book. Additionally, every time a child completes a level of reading, his or her name is put in for one of the two grand prizes awarded at the end of the program. A MP3 player will be the grand prize for the category of kids entering the 6th grade and up this fall, and a bike will be the prize for the category of kids entering the 5th grade or lower this fall. The drawings are scheduled for August 1st.

What: Readquest Kick Off Party
Where: Norwood Branch Library, 4325 Montgomery Road
When: Saturday, May 31 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Free activities: The craft will be decorating a drawstring back sack to carry around all the books that will be read this summer. Balloon Man Dan will be there making balloon creatures.
More information: Call Judy Adams at 369-6037