Summertime reading games reward library visits

Does your child need incentive to pick up a book? If so, the various public libraries offer stickers, charts, bookmarks, and some cool kid-sized prizes for reading and stopping by the library.

Berkeley Public Library Summer Reading Games offers a sticker and small prize (pencil, bookmark) at each library visit and a tracking chart to measure against your goal. Work with your child to choose the appropriate goal: read 10 books or read 1,000 pages or read for 10 hours while visiting the library at least 3 times. Rewards include bowling at Albany Bowl, a paperback book, and a scoop of Fenton’s finest ice cream.

The games run from June 13 to August 16. Read more about the summer reading games here.

Oakland Summer Reading Challenge includes online activities and stickers for every 15 minutes of reading. Earn prizes at 16 stickers. When you’ve earned 32 stickers, come choose your free book, pick up your prize packet, and be entered into the raffle for even more goodies (like an iPad!!). Earn more raffle entries for each reading log you complete.

Summer Reading Game for 2014 will run from June 14 through August 9. Find out more about the Oakland summer reading program here.

El Cerrito Summer Reading Festival (and other Contra Costa County libraries) offer a program for pre-readers too. Kids age 2 thorugh 5th grade can participate and earn prizes. Our contributor, Cara, reports that the past three years (so from age 3), her daughter Brooklyn has gotten all sorts of museum passes, an inflatable globe or plane, and a book when she has completed hers.

The festival runs from June 14 to August 23. Learn more about the summer reading festival here.

My son really enjoyed the reading games last year, until he lost his score card right at the end of the Summer.

Have your kids played any of these games in summers past? Do other towns offer similar incentive plans?

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