The Baltimore County Public Library's Summer Reading Club launches Monday, offering programs for kids of all ages.
The club is free and features the opportunity to win prizes. Library officials say reading four to five books during the summer can help prevent the loss of reading skills acquired over the school year.
Materials for the club will be ready for pickup starting Monday. People can sign up at local library branches or online at bcpl.info/summerreading.
Elementary school kids will receive a game board to fill out with stickers throughout the summer as they read books. At the end, they can pick out a prize. Middle school kids can enter a raffle to win prizes including gift cards and an iPod Shuffle.
Teens and adults can join a reading program featuring Goodreads, a website with user-written book reviews. And children from birth to age 5 can participate in the Read-to-Me Summer Reading Club.
Last summer, the reading program drew more than 48,500 participants, more than ever before.