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RCC-Richmond County library offers incentives for kids to read

As part of its Summer Reading program for children aged toddler to teen, the Rappahannock Community College/Richmond County Library Center is sponsoring both a series of exciting free events and a self-scored game, with prizes—“Dream Big: READ!”— that will continue through August 7.

Dream Big: READ! game boards are available at the library, and young readers can advance through a series of goals reached by reading a number of minutes appropriate to the player’s age. (The library recommends 15 minutes for children under four; 30 for those between five and 11; and an hour for those aged 12 or older.) By completing each of four interim stages, they can earn pens, notebooks, stickers, or other prizes; children who reach the final space on the game board will receive a free book. In addition to clocking reading minutes, players can advance a space by signing up for a library card; drawing a picture about a book; writing a letter to a friend, a family member, or a favorite author; or attending one of the five scheduled events (all at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays).

For the first event, on July 10, the library will host a “Summer Reading Kick-Off” with Nancy Webster, the Northumberland Public Library’s children’s and young adults’ librarian. Ms. Webster will talk about “Touching and Seeing the Natural History of Virginia,” and all children who attend will have the opportunity to choose a free book. On July 17, magician Rob Westcott will use costumes, magic, puppetry, and books to get kids acquainted with their local library and reading program. Storyteller Gary Lloyd will encourage them to read and be creative on July 24, and ventriloquist Uncle Ty-Rone will bring his puppets to visit on July 31.

The final event on August 7 will feature awards for completing the Dream Big: READ! game, as well as a reading adventure with special magician Michael Klee. RCC’s library staff members cordially invite all young people in the area to participate.

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