For immediate release: May 16, 2018
Douglas County Libraries (DCL) kicks off its 2018 Summer Reading Program — Escape to Neverland — on Saturday, June 2, at all DCL locations. The fun starts with Neverland-themed kickoff parties at each location from 10 a.m.-noon that are free for families, children, and those kids “who never grew up.”
The annual reading program is for all ages and runs June 2-July 31. Kids, teens and adults can register for the program at a kickoff party on June 2, or they may register online anytime at DCL.org/summer-reading.
- The reading goal for kids ages 12 and under is 720 minutes of reading. Prizes are awarded for reaching the halfway point (360 minutes), and also for finishing the goal by July 31 — a free book (while supplies last).
- Readers ages 13 and older have a goal of 900 minutes. Those who reach the goal by July 31 can receive a limited-edition DCL book bag (while supplies last).
- Community reading goal returns — with a give-back! This year’s goal is 7 million minutes of reading. Once the community reaches this combined goal, the Douglas County Libraries Foundation will donate $500 to the Denver Dumb Friends League Buddy Center in Castle Rock to help animals in need. Reading time is tracked online when readers register at DCL.org/summer-reading.
NEW – School Contest!
New this year is a friendly fundraising competition among K-12 schools affiliated with Douglas County School District. The elementary, middle and high schools with the most summer reading sign-ups by July 31 will win a $250 prize — one winning school at each level. Some rules and restrictions apply; visit DCL.org/summer-reading for more details.
DCL is seeking volunteers to help with Escape to Neverland kickoff parties on Saturday, June 2, and throughout the summer. No special skills or prior experience is needed, and teens can earn community service credit toward graduation requirements. Volunteers will assist with arts and crafts activities, games, snacks, and program registration. Interested volunteers may learn more and/or sign up via VolunteerConnectDC.org; select Douglas County Libraries.
For more information about Escape to Neverland and to sign up, visit DCL.org/summer-reading or call 303-791-7323.
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