Library’s summer program invites readers to ‘dig in’

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published June 14, 2013

 Library public services supervisor Alice Cook holds up some books for the Summer Reading Program, which also reaches out to adults.

Library public services supervisor Alice Cook holds up some books for the Summer Reading Program, which also reaches out to adults.

Photo by Donna Agusti

STERLING HEIGHTS — You don’t need a wheelbarrow and a shovel to scoop up some of the latest and greatest reads at the Sterling Heights Public Library.

The library is inviting residents to scour its bookshelves for buried treasure as it begins its Summer Reading Program, which lasts June 17-Aug. 17. Registration for the reading programs is free.

Library programming specialist Kathryn Ribant Payne said she hopes the adult program will entice people to pick up a book if they haven’t done so in awhile. She also called the program popular for younger readers, adding that last year 1,056 kids, 236 teens and 151 “babies” from birth to age 2 signed up.

“For the children and teens, it not only offers them a fun activity during the summer and a chance to reward them for reading,” she said, “it provides them a chance to keep their skills up.”

Ribant Payne said many of this year’s programs and activities are themed around digging. For instance, along with the reading component of the program, the library will offer activities centered on gardening, personal time capsules, information on animals that dig and more, she said.

Children may participate in a “Dig into Reading” program. Kids who read or listen to 480 minutes of stories over an eight-week period may get a finisher’s prize pack of coupons and candy. Finishers may also join a raffle in which the winner gets an iPad Mini and a $25 iTunes card, Ribant Payne said.

For the teens from seventh to 12th grade, a “Beneath the Surface” reading program will grant participants a $5 Barnes & Noble gift card in exchange for 16 documented hours of reading. Teens who finish the program will also compete in a drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite, she said.

Adults ages 18 and older may join the “Groundbreaking Reads” program. Participants may be eligible for weekly drawings for a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card. All finishers at the end will compete in a raffle for one of two Kindle Paperwhite reading devices, according to the library.

Library public services supervisor Alice Cook said some current popular adult titles include “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn, “Inferno,” by Dan Brown, and “The Twelfth of Never,” by James Patterson. Best hits also tend to follow certain genres.

“The thriller category is extremely popular,” she said.

Adults are also developing an interest in graphic novels and books based on TV shows like “The Walking Dead,” Cook said.

The Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park Road, is holding its Summer Reading Program June 17-Aug. 17. For more details, visit or call (586) 446-2665.