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6/13/2013 10:11:00 AM
Read to Feed summer library program

The Harbor Springs Library and Between the Covers Book Cellar are collaborating to offer a brand new reading incentive program this summer called READ TO FEED. Registration for the program, which kicks off July 1 and runs through August 9, is currently open for readers of all ages, with a specific focus geared toward children in Kindergarten-8th grade (if there are high school students who would like to participate, they are absolutely welcome). It also includes an adult reader component.

"This is not a typical usual sticker chart reading program-- this is reading for a cause," said Harbor Springs Library executive director, Alex Osetek.

The unique program does more than encourage reading. It also was designed to heighten participants' awareness of global issues and their impact on the lives of others. Here's how it works:

For each book read by a program participant (at an appropriate reading level), $0.25 will be donated by the Harbor Springs Library & sponsors to the group's "Read to Feed" fund.

At the end of the six week program, the funds raised by readers will be donated to the Heifer International organization to purchase livestock for families in developing nations.

The program participants will have the opportunity to choose what kind of animals they would like to purchase with the money they raised at the Read to Feed Party on August 13.

Participants have no personal fundraising obligations; they just need to read! The more they read, the more people we can feed around the world.

Prizes will be awarded to the participant who reads the most books in each age group (K-2 grade, 3-5 grade, 6-8 grade)

The adult program is slightly different from the children's version, but with the same goals of promoting reading in the community while learning about global issues and supporting Heifer International in their mission.

Here's how the adult program works:

For every book that an adult participant reads during the program, the participant donates $1.00 to the "Read to Feed Fund".

The adult participants are essentially sponsoring the kids who are reading for the program.

The more we get adults to read, the more money we have for the kids to read and earn towards purchasing livestock for families in underdeveloped regions.

Anytime a registered participant opts to purchase a book they will be reading for the program, Between the Covers will donate an additional dollar to the library's Reed to Feed fund. Between the Covers also maintains a "wish list" for the library, and supporters can purchase a book for the library's collection at 20-percent off; this wish list will be updated for the summer in the next few weeks.

The reading program will culminate with a Read to Feed Party and Animal Selection Event on August 10.

Children or parents, and adults can pick up registration materials at the Harbor Springs Library or at Between the Covers.

For more information please refer to the attached program registration and information forms, or call the Harbor Springs Library at 231-526-2531 or Between the Covers at 231-526-6658.

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