Those who take part in Chandler Public Library summer-reading programs can win such prizes as Arizona Diamondbacks tickets, food and membership at the Desert Botanical Garden and Phoenix Art Museum.
All four branches of the library — Basha, Downtown, Hamilton and Sunset — have summer-reading programs open to readers of all ages. the programs are designed to help school-age children maintain their reading skills during the summer break and provide entertainment for adults in addition to modeling good learning habits for children.
Read, Play, Win! is the program for children co-sponsored by the Arizona Diamondbacks and The Arizona Republic. Children earn prizes by reading 50 pages or, for preschoolers, listening to a book being read for 15 minutes. all who enroll will receive a voucher for a ticket to a Diamondbacks baseball game.
“We will be giving out the vouchers for the Diamondbacks game when the children sign up for the program, rather than at the end,” librarian Mary Sagar said. “It’s an incentive for people to participate in the program, but it’s just one of the prizes they can earn along the way, so we decided to do it at the beginning.”
To enroll in Read, Play, Win! visit any library branch or summer readingaz.org.
Food is a big incentive in the teen reading program. all kids ages 12-18 who finish earn vouchers for burritos and will be entered in drawings for prizes, such as movie passes, gift cards and Kindle fire tablet computers.
To take part in the teen program pick up a “Cultivate your Mind” reading log at any Chandler library.
“Reading Never Gets Old, Celebrate Arizona” is the adult summer program.
Those who complete five books before July 28 will be entered in a drawing for an annual membership to the Phoenix Art Museum or the Desert Botanical Garden.
“We always encourage people to come into the library,” Sagar said. “There are lots of interesting programs, not just the reading programs. there is lots of fun stuff for all ages.”
Information on Chandler libraries: 480-782-2800, chandlerlibrary.org.