Berlin library programs encourage summer reading

Published on Sunday, 8 July 2018 21:18
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - The Berlin-Peck Memorial Library is offering three reading programs for children this summer.

Kids up to kindergarten age can participate in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, an ongoing program. It works by having caregivers and children read together and earn a sticker for every 100 books they read.

The ultimate goal is to read 1,000 books before kindergarten, which according to the programs website, can be attained in three years by reading one book a night.

Register at the Children’s Reference Desk and receive a free book bag, a reading log, a bookmark, tips for reading, coloring pages and a bookmark.

For those entering kindergarten through grade five, there is a new Read and Bead program, ending Aug. 10.

This program works by giving a participant a log and a “Brag Tag,” which is a colorful tag that says something like “I love to Read” or “Reading Ninja,” and can be attached to a necklace or keychain.

Each participant will be rewarded with a bead for each book read, library program attended or activity on the reading log.

Participants can “level up” as they read by exchanging certain beads, like a standard blue one, for other beads, like a basketball or whale, with more they collect.

“Kids who read just four books over the summer fare better on reading comprehension tests in the fall,” said the website.

For teens entering grades six through 12, there is the Scratch Ticket Challenge ending Aug. 10.

This program works by giving participants an “instant-win” scratch ticket when they check out any title from the library, including books, DVDs, music, video games and more. Attending a library program also earns a scratch ticket.

There’s no need to sign up for anything. if a prize is shown on the ticket, participants win it instantly, according to the library’s website. Small prizes that can be won include scented erasers, Mochi Squishes, and Chipotle coupons; medium prizes include books or sunglasses.

If no prize is won on the ticket, participants can fill out their information on the front of the ticket and be entered into the grand prize drawing, which is for a $50 Amazon gift card.

Tickets can be picked up at the circulation desk when materials are checked out. Only two scratch tickets can be earned per day, one for checking out materials and one for attending a library program.

“Kids are already excited and have been coming in and asking about our programs,” said Skorski. “Summer reading supports readers, keeps kids reading and math skills up over the summer, and encourages kids to active in the community.”

Special thanks for sponsors for the Read and Bead and Scratch Ticket Challenge are listed on the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library website.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Sunday, 8 July 2018 21:18. Updated: Sunday, 8 July 2018 21:21.