Story and Photo by Paul Long, FLEACT, Yokosuka Public Affairs
The “Paws to Read” Summer Reading Program, sponsored by the library on board Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, kicked off in the lobby of the Fleet and Family Support Center, Jun 16.
“Every year we have a theme to get people energized about the program,” said Head Librarian Erica Steiner. “This year’s program is animals, which are always popular with kids and adults.
The purpose behind the program is to get people engaged in reading.” “Paws to Read” is open to all children, teens, and adults and runs from Jun. 15 to Aug. 15 at both Yokosuka and Negishi libraries. Prizes will be awarded for every two hours of reading and also for reading books from the Summer Reading Booklist.
“There are all kinds of genres of books,” Steiner said. “There’s historical fiction, fantasy, non-fiction, biographies, mysteries; it’s a good mix of everything.”
According to Steiner, participants are encouraged to read from any book, e-book, magazine, or listen to audio-books.
“There are enough e-books available to anyone for those to get the bonus prize,” she said.“The library provides e-book library services as well.”
Monthly movies will be shown at either Ikego or Yokosuka’s movie theaters. The movie will feature an animal theme in conjunction with the reading program.
For adults, there will be an adult book club, where a discussion will take place about one of the selections on the reading list, while coffee and cake are served.
The reading program concludes with a party and awards ceremony at the bowling center in August. Prizes will be awarded to the top three readers in each category. Registration for the program can be made in person at the Yokosuka or Negishi library or online at: http://mwryokosuka.wordpress.com/recreation/library/.