Submitted by Gail Borden Public Library
Summer reading is sure to be on the menu when a roller skating car hop takes an order from Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent Josť Torres when he's the first person to register for the "Reading Is So Delicious!" summer reading program at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin.
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Instead of the typical ribbon cutting that is served up for such festivities, the superintendent will cut a giant-size strand of spaghetti to open the library's summer reading registration area, food themed along with the reading program itself. He will then be the first person to dig in and register for the 2012 program. Other local celebrities also will register that day as well.
Library officials hope families will get a taste for summer reading by breaking the first-day record of registrations for the summer reading program. Last year, 228 signed up for summer reading on the first day of registration. Those who sign up on this year's first day, May 15, will be served a sweet incentive: entry into a drawing for a chance to win an e-reader.
Registration is only the first course of the summer reading banquet. Students who complete a midway point by a certain date get to attend a free outdoor movie. Those who finish the program by a specific date receive a choice of paperback book or comic books and coupons, a pass to swim free at one of the city of Elgin's pools, free carnival rides and entry for a chance to win grand prizes.
Help the library get the word out! The library and partners will be using many methods to motivate youth to read this summer. The library seeks to fully support U-46's "Destination 2015," especially those reading goals, as it will make such a difference to individual young person success in this community.
For information about the Summer Reading Program and to see the new summer reading video, visit gailborden.info.