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Glendale libraries urge youngsters to ‘Read for the Win’

In this file photo from March 2014, Noor Atif, then a senior at Clark Magnet High School, reads to school children at Pacific Library in Glendale.

In this file photo from March 2014, Noor Atif, then a senior at Clark Magnet High School, reads to school children at Pacific Library in Glendale.

(Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

A new program unveiled this summer by Glendale public libraries encourages children to read books and track the titles they read online.

In past years, children would log the books they’d read on paper at any library site.

This year, under a new initiative by the California State Library, local librarians are pointing children to the website glendale.readingbydesign.org to track all the titles they read.

Local librarians are still maintaining a paper log, said Sherry Sue, a children’s librarian at the Glendale Central Library.

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Under both “Read for the Win” programs, children can earn 100 points for every eight books they read, and every 800 points wins them a raffle ticket.

They can enter as many as three tickets into a raffle. On Aug. 30, a winner will receive a gift card to the Montrose children’s bookstore, Once Upon A Time.

Youngsters can also earn 50 points for every time they visit a local library and participate in an activity, such as a scavenger hunt or book party.

“We want them to read, and we want them to come to the library and take advantage of programs we have for kids during summertime,” Sue said.

Adults can also enter into the raffle if they are reading books to babies or infants, Sue added.

“The more books that kids listen to, or read, starting from infancy, the better prepared they are when they get into school,” she said.

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Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com

Twitter: @kellymcorrigan


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