ONLY ON SUNRISE: Summer programs help community to hit the books

Eau Claire, WI (WEAU) - The school year is dwindling down, but that doesn't mean you have to close the books. In Eau Claire, local libraries are kicking off ways to keep kids and adults engaged in reading. Here's how you can keep your head in the books.

"Summer is our busiest time of year,” says Shelly Collins-Fuerbringer, Youth Services Manager of the L.E. Phillips Public Library.

At the L.E. Phillips Public library, you can always find thousands of books and authors. In the summer months, even more parents and kids looking for that perfect book.

"The kids are almost out of school for 3 months so they can really lose a lot of progress they made. So we want to make it fun,” says Shelly.

So the American Library Association developed the summer reading program. Each year is set to a theme to get kids involved and this year there are four programs relating to science.

Shelly says, "We have a folder for babies, up to 24 months. So parents read and sing and do things. Then we have a 'Read to Me,' so kids who are being read to, maybe preschoolers or kids who are just beginning to read.

She adds, "Then we have a reader folder for independent readers for kids up to 5th grade. Then we have a teen folder so kids entering 6th grade through seniors in high school,"

If you’re an adult, don’t worry because there's the wheel of reading.

"These books here are some of the books you can win if you get the free book on the wheel of reading,” says Isa Small, Programming and Communications Services Manager.

If you read you can spin the wheel to win.

Isa says, "In that program you just read 3 books. You just bring in your slip and spin the wheel and get a prize right away. You also get entered into to win prizes for weekly drawings as well as the grand prize drawings at the end of the summer."

So no matter what adventure you may embark in this summer, you can always curl up with a book and win some prizes.

"I think one of the best things that parents can do is to pick up a book and be reading and let their children see them reading and that just sets a great model for the children,” says Small.

Eau Claire Transit System is also offering free bus rides to the library for kids and teens on Tuesdays and Thursdays this summer. That will go until August 28th.