WWPL dreams big this summer

The Westfield Washington Public Library’s summer reading program is full of prizes. The program, which started on June 12 and ends August 18, has more than 400 adult participants and around 2,000 participants aged 18 and younger.

For each age category there is a sign-up prize, and three additional prizes when certain goals are met. For children in seventh grade and below, prizes are determined by how many hours they read. For teens, prizes are determined by how many books they read. All three age categories also offer a raffle entry for extra hours/books read. Prizes for this raffle include an iPad or Nook Color.

For every book an adult reads, they are entered into the raffle, which includes prizes of various gift certificates to local museums and restaurants. However, the big raffle is available to everyone who completes the program, and this year’s prize is an Amazon Kindle Fire.

According to Rex Jones, a reference librarian, if patrons attend a class or program put on by the library, it counts as a book read. Additionally, on August 18 there is a program called “Identity Theft and You” at 2 p.m. This program is perfect for those patrons who need one more book to reach a prize.

“We want patrons to read more and increase foot traffic in the library,” said Jones. “It’s also a nice way to give back to patrons for being part of the library.”