Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Paging Readers: Libraries Add Incentives ; Rewards for Children and Adults

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Paging Readers: Libraries Add Incentives ; Rewards for Children and Adults

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Printed words can bring cash, technology, personal transportation and even forgiveness in Evansville's summer reading programs. With "Willardology," the Weird Science-themed program launching Saturday at Willard Library, participants can win bicycles, science kits, IceMen season tickets and family passes to Swonder Ice Arena.

With "Dig into Reading," the program that debuted last week in the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library system, readers accumulate page time and book titles to "uncover the history of the library" and vie for chances to win cash, Kindles and gift cards, as well as erase overdue book fines.

'WILLARDOLOGY'

Science takes the main shelf and center stage in reading selections and weekly demonstrations at Willard Library, 21 First Ave.

It all starts with a signup session from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, but readers can come into the program later, as well, says Rhonda Mort, Willard's Children's Librarian.

All entrants will have until Aug. 3 to complete their reading lists and enter the prize pools.

The first 250 registrants will receive prize bags that include a beaker-shaped key chain and a reading list, and they'll have the longest time to read through the list to vie for grand prize packages that will include new bikes, science kits, IceMen tickets and Swonder family passes.

Grand prizes will go to winners in three categories: those 5 and younger, those 6 to 9 and those 10 to 14 years old.

As part of the program, volunteers from the library, local schools and colleges and the Evansville Museum will present weekly science demonstrations at 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays with a Saturday finale Aug. 3.

More that 600 children and teenagers signed up last year, and more than 300 completed the program, Mort said. "This year we're hoping to get at least 800."

For more on Willard's program, visit www.willard. …

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