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Rome readers to build a better world this summer

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The Rome-Floyd County Library’s summer reading program returns today with goody bags for the first 1,000 people, and an all new way for participants to register.

This year’s theme is “Build a Better World,” which will run from today to July 22. For the first time ever the summer reading program will require all participants to sign up online to track their reading times. Programs are offered for children and young adults from 0-18 years old.

Parents can create accounts for their children by visiting shrls.readsquared.com and selecting the desired program for their children. Players will receive one point per minute read from paper books, e-books, audio books, comic books, newspapers and can even get points by having someone read to them. Participants can exchange points for prizes at the library by printing out a voucher online. Prizes include coupons from businesses around Rome, with the last day to pick up prizes being July 22.

According to Children’s Director Jeanne Mann, the new online program will track the minutes read and participants can get extra points for coming to library events. At each event participants will receive a “word” to put in the computer in order to receive their points. Events include Story Hour for children ages 5-10, Toddler Time and regular movie showings throughout the summer.

Opening week includes programs such as a children’s used book sale, a martial arts demonstration, a reptile show and a special program of Disney’s “Jungle Book Kids” presented by Rome Little Theater.

Keeping with tradition, the library will also have a six-week scavenger hunt around Rome where players will have to solve riddles in order to find the Library Man, write down his location and what tool he is using each week. Those who find all six by the end of the summer will receive a special prize. There will also be writing and coloring contests which can be printed off online and turned in to the library to win prizes.

Mann said that parents of involved children could print any summer reading program related material at the library for free.

For more information on programs, events, or signing up, please contact the Rome Sara Hightower Regional Library at 706-236-4600 or visit shrls.readsquared.com.