Summer Reading Program 2010 Begins

Mid-Columbia Libraries’ annual Summer Reading Program kicked off on Tuesday, June 1.  The three-month program provides fun for all ages, with high-energy special events featuring Caspar Babypants (Chris Ballew from the twice Grammy-nominated alt-rock band, the Presidents of the United States of America), the Academy of Children’s Theatre, Seattle’s children’s music sensation Recess Monkey, award-winning singer Nancy Stewart, and Reptile Man with live exotic creatures. 

The program, with major sponsorship from Friends of Mid-Columbia Libraries, Columbia Center Rotary, Pasco Masonic Lodge No. 173, and Kennewick Masonic Lodge No. 153, rewards kids and teens who complete 15 hours of reading or listening to books.  It motivates local children and teens to enjoy books by offering recommended reading lists, bookmark and writing contests, and free events. 

New this year, participants can register and track their reading time online through the Summer Reading website.  Children and teens who complete the 15-hour requirement will receive a Finisher’s Certificate, a free book, gift certificates from local businesses, and the chance to win prizes awarded at their local branch’s Finisher Party. 

Two readers will win Grand Prize Getaways to Silverwood Theme Park, sponsored by Friends of Mid-Columbia Libraries.  Other local Friends groups also sponsor programs and prizes at their respective branches.

This year, the children’s theme is “Make a Splash - Read” and the teens’ theme is “Make Waves at your Library.”  All Summer Reading Program events and activities will focus on exploring creativity and enjoying reading.  

There is no cost to participate in the Summer Reading Program.  Customers should register for some events through their local library branches.  Event listings are online at:

Mid-Columbia Libraries enriches our communities by empowering individuals with materials and services for life-long learning and growth, starting at birth. With eleven libraries and a Bookmobile, Mid-Columbia Libraries has provided our region with excellence in library services for 60 years.