The Milford Public Library is committed to helping students keep their reading skills throughout the summer, and this year they plan on doing so by asking program participants to “catch the reading bug.”


The Milford Public Library is committed to helping students keep their reading skills throughout the summer, and this year they plan on doing so by asking program participants to “catch the reading bug.”

“The whole purpose is to keep them reading over the summer,” said program director Robin Lank. “Kids really lose their reading skills if they don’t keep up.”

The summer reading program, which is for children age newborn to 16, is an individual reading incentive program that was designed to promote reading, help students maintain reading skills during the summer and cultivate a lifelong love for reading.

Registration for the 2008 program, “Catch the Reading Bug @ Your Library,” begins on Saturday, June 14. Those interested in the program may register from the start date to July 18. Upon registration, program participants will be given activity sheets, a program calendar, a bookmark and a reading log.

“We usually have between 300 and 400 kids in the program,” Lank said.

Participants record the amount of time they read by coloring in/crossing out the pictures on the reading/time log. Incentive prizes are awarded to participants for every five hours read, and those who reach 10 hours will be given a certificate signed by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, a complimentary book from the Delaware Division of Libraries and a special gift from the Milford Public Library.

As a part of the program, Lank has an array of activities planned for participants from puppet shows, plays, to music and crafts. Lank even ordered a ladybug land and butterfly garden, which will house live ladybugs and butterflies.

“We’re going to have ladybugs and butterflies and all kinds of things here,” Lank said. “We’ll have all kinds of different bugs.”
For more information, call Lank at 422-8996.