School is out, but reading is still fun-damental, according to the Loudoun County Public Library.
More than 3,000 people signed up for the Summer Reading Program June 14 — the first day of transition from the school year to summer activities.
The program — Loudoun Libraries Rocks — runs through Saturday, Aug. 11. It is open to children, teens and adults, and readers can sign up any time the library is open.
“We are thrilled with the number of people who registered on Day 1,” said Susan VanEpps, head of Programming and Community Engagement for LCPL. “Our goal is to make the library a ‘habit.’ Whether that’s attending programs, creating something in our Makerspaces, streaming an audiobook on your way to work or simply reading, the library can be a powerful tool in your day-to-day life. Summer Reading is a great way to showcase that.”
The eight-week program includes a “challenge” designed to encourage library use, as well as fun events for all ages and chances to win prizes.
To participate, visit any LCPL branch to register for the Summer Reading Program and pick up a challenge card. Then, have a librarian stamp the card for each completed challenge. Challenges can be completed by attending a library program, exploring one of the library’s online resources, making or creating something, or by reading for 30 minutes. Complete eight challenges to receive a free ice cream coupon; complete 16 challenges to receive a free book and a chance to win a grand-prize basket worth $200. Prize baskets are provided through the support of Loudoun County Commuter Services. There will be four winners at each branch.
The first 14,000 children to register receive a free pass to Great Country Farms in Bluemont.
With this year’s “Loudoun Library Rocks” theme, patrons of all ages can expect programs featuring music, geology, stone crafts and more.
The Summer Reading Program features top-of-the-line performers and events each week, sponsored by Loudoun Library Foundation. These featured events, which appear at every LCPL branch, include the Grammy-nominated Milkshake Duo, Around the Americas with 123 Andrés, Wild Rumpus Circus, Reptiles Alive and Casey Carle’s BubbleMania.
Each branch will award a huge trophy to the local elementary school with the highest percentage of students participating in the program.
For more information, visit library.loudoun.gov/SRP.