Submitted by the Lopez Island Library
On Saturday, Sept. 8 from 5–7 p.m., the Lopez Library will celebrate the culmination of the Summer Reading Book Bingo challenge with a party and prizes. The aim of the program was to encourage young readers to pursue their interests and curiosities, and to explore new subjects and genres.
According to the Association for Library Service to Children, library summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children to continue developing the habit of reading when not in school, and to use the library as a summer resource. Libraries are partners with parents and teachers in keeping our community reading throughout the year.
Since children are not the only ones who like to have fun with reading on the island, the Lopez Summer Reading program included a Book Bingo card for adults as well. Everyone is welcome at the celebration, and people of all ages who participated in the Summer Reading Book Bingo are especially encouraged to attend. Free books will be given to all youth bingo players upon submission of a completed bingo card (just four bingo squares in a row). Additionally, prizes will be awarded to bingo participants of all ages through a drawing during the party. Prizes include gift certificates to the Lopez Bookshop, being a featured patron for the Readers Spotlight display in October, and the opportunity to choose a book in the winner’s name for the library to add to the collection.
In tandem with the bingo celebration and drawings, the evening will also be the first in a series of Family Game Nights hosted by the library throughout the fall. A variety of board and card games will be supplied, as well as additional playful activities themed around books and reading. Game winners will also win prizes! Food and beverages will be provided, and fun will be had by all. Come unwind after the first week of school, play an old favorite, bring your own, or learn a new game together.