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Summer reading program starts Monday

School’s out for the summer, but the staff at the Boulder City Library is hoping that kids won’t forget about the books.

Monday marks the return of the library’s summer reading program, where kids from 0-17 years old are encouraged to spend their summer reading to accumulate prizes.

As children continue to read, they’ll complete log cards that keep track of how much they read. Once a log card is completed, it can be turned in for prizes, which vary depending on age groups.

According to library assistant Jessie Jones, 408 kids signed up for last year’s summer reading program, about 80 more than 2013.

“We were quite surprised and excited,” she said. “It was a large increase, and we’re hoping we’ll keep that up this year.”

Children will fill out a raffle ticket for grand prizes once they complete five log cards. Some of the grand prizes include Kindles, FlightLinez tickets and “Star Wars” memorabilia.

“Every Hero Has a Story” is theme of this year’s program.

Library assistant Jodi Kermode said other educational games and activities are offered during the summer reading program to help kids stay on top of their math and science as well.

“They’re learning math, but it’s so much fun they don’t realize it. Last year, we took glow sticks and we made geometric shapes,” she said.

The program kicks off at 11 a.m. Monday with Mad Science in the community room at the library, 701 Adams Blvd. Children can sign up for the program at that time, or just by visiting the library.

Additionally, prize tickets can be earned by participating in library programs.

The summer reading program runs until Aug. 6. More information can be found at www.bclibrary.org.

Contact reporter Steven Slivka at sslivka@bouldercityreview.com or 702-586-9401. Follow him on Twitter @StevenSlivka.

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