Keizer Community Library is gearing up for their summer reading challenge. School is out for the summer, which means there’ll be plenty of time for reading. 

Children through elementary school age are eligible to participate in the library’s summer reading challenge Reading Colors Your World

Children may read independently, or adults may read to younger children. Elementary age children who read to younger siblings can count this reading time as well. Listening to audio or online books will also count toward reading time. 

The reading challenge is simple: read books and earn prizes. Registration will take place on the patio of the Keizer Cultural Center Monday, June 28 from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday,June 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Keizer Cultural Center, home of the library is located at 980 Chemawa Rd. NE. Registration packets include a game board, stickers to track daily reading and a craft to take home.

On Saturday, July 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday, August 31 from 4 to 6 p.m., participants can bring their game board to the patio to earn small prizes. There will be treats and a craft to make. The library will be closed for remodeling the remainder of the summer, but a selection of children’s books will be available for check out during registration days as well as July 31 and Aug. 31, the final day of the reading club.

National research finds that libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

More information about all of the library’s summer programs is available on the library’s web site at www.keizerlibrary.org. All programs are free of charge.