DRACUT -- Parker Memorial Library resembled a construction work zone this week. Staff members donned orange vests and DPW hard hats and shoveled books into a wheelbarrow on Monday to kick off the library's "Dig Into Summer Reading" program.
The library has compiled a recommended-reading list for patrons in three categories -- "Dig Into Summer Reading" for children, "Beneath the Surface" for teens, and "Groundbreaking Reads" for adults -- and is offering prizes in all three categories for readers who register on the library's website and meet preset goals in each category by the end of summer.
The grand prize is a new Amazon Kindle, senior reference librarian Diane Annunziato said. Other prizes include caps, mugs, cloth bags and pet collars, among other prizes.
"It's so important for children to read on a regular basis," said Parker Library Director Nanci Milone-Hill. "Studies show that children who read a few minutes each day will start school in September ahead of those who don't. That's why we are rewarding children for reading a minimum of 15 minutes a day through August."
The summer reading program fits well with the Dracut library's overall mission "and that's getting information in the hands of the people, in so many different ways," Annunziato said. "It's not just books. It's also the Internet, databases, books on CD, magazines, newspapers. We have a presence on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter. It goes on and on."
The Parker Memorial Library is at 28 Arlington St. in Dracut. The Web address is: www.dracutpl.org.
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