Whether it's a child too young to read or someone who graduated 50 years ago, every reader who signs up for the free club has the opportunity to complete goals and earn prizes.

The club is broken down into four age groups, each of which has different prizes for various achievements.

Elementary school readers and those younger receive a prize for finishing a certain number activities.

Middle school readers and older are entered in a raffle for various prizes, including iPods, gift certificates and autographed books when they finish the specified number of books.

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The prizes aren't always the most important thing, though.

Munita Lebson, a Lansdowne resident, signed up her two sons, Gavriel, 2, and Amit, 3, for the reading club June 29.

Lebson said she plans on bringing her sons, who like books about Dora the Explorer and dinosaurs, to the library every week.

"I'm just looking for things that I can do with them this summer, especially free things," she said as the boys played on computers in the children's area of the Arbutus Library. "This is a good thing to start them because they just love books."

Summer reading club participants by branch in 2010

Cockeysville – 4,163

Perry Hall – 3,184

North Point – 2, 656

Towson – 2,414

Pikesville – 2,387

Essex – 2,232

Catonsville – 2,137

Rosedale – 2,047

White Marsh – 1,733

Randallstown – 1,652

Parkville – 1,500

Woodlawn – 1,486

Reisterstown – 1,478

Hereford – 1,249

Arbutus - 749

Lansdowne – 436

Loch Raven – 168