Summer fun has begun at the McCracken County Public Library in downtown Paducah.
The summer reading program started Sunday, June 1, and runs until the end of July. All ages are encouraged to participate and a library card is not required.
There are three age divisions: children 10 and under, teens 11 to 17 years old, and adults 18 and up.
"We really want to emphasize that it is easy, free entertainment for the whole family," said Sarah McGowan, adult services manager.
Participants can pick up a frequent reader card. When they finish reading and return each book, the card is punched indicating the number of books that have been read. There are 10 spaces on each card.
Kids in each age group will receive a prize. Children who read 12 books will receive a free backpack and be entered into a drawing for other special prizes. Teens who read eight books will also receive a free backpack and be entered into a drawing for one of three Kindle Fire e-readers. Adults who read 10 books will receive a free beach bag and be entered into a drawing for an iPad mini. Drawing for all prizes will be held Aug. 1.
There is no specific list or criteria for choosing books to read; every book counts. Audiobooks and e-books are also accepted for the summer reading program.
"The focus of summer reading has always been to read what you want and read for fun" McGowan said.
There will be a summer reading kickoff party on June 12 at Dolly McNutt Memorial Plaza from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will feature music from Gideon's Rifle.
Contact Becca Schimmel, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8652.
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