OAKHURST – Branches Books has launched their “limb” of an national reading program sponsored by independent bookstores for the summer of 2013: Give Me Summer! Give Me Books!
The goal is to create a vibrant community reading program that brings independent bookstores and schools together to read great books.
Registration is now open for kids going into K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 to participate. Branches owner and mom Anne Driscoll says it’s time to come on in.
“Kids just need to come to our store, grab their free summer reading tracking forms that double as bookmarks, and pick up a few books to kick off the program,” Driscoll explains.
“We have the six books on the back of the bookmark that we’re recommending for the summer reading program. We’d love it if you choose two off the list to buy from our store and if you’re reading other books at home or from the library, that’s great, too!”
Booksellers from around the country have selected six book choices appropriate for each grade level.
To complete the reading challenge, young bookworms need to read five books total, including at least two books from the suggested list.
“At the end of the summer kids return their completed forms and claim their rewards! This year, we’ll be rewarding our summer reading champions with Branches Books gift cards and coupons.”
All entries are due Friday, August 15th. All participants will receive a coupon for Branches Books when they return their completed forms.
Prizes are set to include a drawing for each age group: (1) $25, (1) $10, (1) $5 gift card winner per age group K-2, 3-5, and 6-8.
The book shop has devised a way that schools can participate, too.
“Branches Books sees our local schools as essential partners in our mission to build a strong community of readers,” says Driscoll.
“We are asking all participating readers to write the name of their school on their registration forms. At the end of the summer, we’ll tally up participation school by school and the one with the most participants will be rewarded with a school library grant of $150.”
The store will work with the winning school to order just the right titles for the school library.
“We wish you happy reading!”