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Incentives, activities, prizes add fun to reading programs

Ray County Library’s summer reading programs for children ages 3 to 18,  “Dig Into Reading” and “Beneath the Surface,” started June 1 and will continue through July 31.
Thanks to sponsors, participants received a free book when they signed up, and can earn incentives along the way.
Incentive prize coupons were provided by McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Shell and Sonic, program coordinator Rochelle McCaulley said.
Children who complete the program are eligible to enter one 10 grand prize drawings. Grand prizes include a Sand & Water Activity Table, Home & Garden Playhouse, Barbie 3-Story Dreamhouse, Craft Bonanza, Air Hockey Table, American Girl Julie Doll, Book and Accessories, eZip Nano Electric Scooter, Walmart gift cards  and a bicycle.
A number of other free activites, including book drawings, a coloring contest, story time and black-out bingo, are incorporated in the programs this summer. McCaulley said they’re designed to keep kids in the library, around books and excited about reading.
Thanks to a Summer Reading Program Collection Development Grant, the library has additional funds to purchase books for the children’s library, she said.
The Summer Reading Program Collection Development Grant is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, McCaulley said, and is administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.
Funds from the grant will be used to buy books for several areas of the children’s library, McCaulley said, and will expand the choices available when children are in the library looking for books to read.
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McCaulley said the library would like to publicly thank all the sponsors who contributed to make the summer programs possible:
Publisher Level
($20 – $50)
Community Bank of Missouri; Garner-McCalley Abstract & Title Co., Letzig Group, Inc., Ray County Association for Family & Community Education, Susan Roller, Swafford’s Ford Sales Inc., and Wrisinger Auctions

Best Seller Level
($51-$99)
Lion’s Club of Orrick, Merchants & Farmers Bank, Richmond News, Inc., The State Bank

Pulitzer Level
($100-$499)
The Bank of Orrick, Delta Kappa Gamma Beta Tau Chapter, IOOF Richmond Lodge #208, Kansas City Zoo, New Concept, Orrick Farm Service, Inc., Private Donation, Ray County Retired Teachers, Richmond Kiwanis Club, Richmond Shell, Salter Financial Service, Inc., Walmart, Westbrook & Co.

Bookworm Level ($500+)
McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Sonic, U.S. Granules
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For further information about the summer program and other library offerings for children, contact Rochelle McCaulley at 776-5104.

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