Roseville library to offer summer reading challenge

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 11, 2021

 The Roseville Public Library will be offering an animal-themed summer reading challenge during the summer months. This will include visits from local animal experts to supplement the program.

The Roseville Public Library will be offering an animal-themed summer reading challenge during the summer months. This will include visits from local animal experts to supplement the program.

Photo provided by Jason Novetsky

 The library will also have a visit from the Roseville Police Department’s K-9 unit.

The library will also have a visit from the Roseville Police Department’s K-9 unit.

Photo provided by Jason Novetsky

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Public Library is launching its annual summer reading challenge and is inviting members of the public to consider coming back if they’ve been away.

The start date for the summer reading challenge is Monday, June 21, and the final day is Friday, July 30, with grand-prize winners being announced the following week, Monday, Aug. 2.

“For the kids and teens, they will keep track of how long they read,” said Jason Novetsky, the library’s community relations and marketing librarian. “For every 100 minutes they read, they can spin the prize wheel. Once they get 500 minutes, they are entered into the grand prize. There is an online reading log they can use on the website. ‘Wandoo Reader’ is the name of the log. For adults, they just tell us what books they read, and each book they read counts as an entry into the grand-prize drawing.”

Having an online log for the youth reading challenge groups was something the library brought back by popular demand.

“Last year, we started the online summer reading logs, which we got a lot of positive feedback on, so we’re keeping that on for this year,” said youth and young adult librarian Sarah Marsack. “I think it helps a lot of families stay engaged.”

The Roseville Public Library is located at 29777 Gratiot Ave. It can be reached by calling (586) 445-5407. More information and the summer reading logs can be found at www.rosevillelibrary.org/wordpress.

“We’re enjoying having the summer reading program again,” remarked Marsack. “We’re hoping to have a lot of fun having them take part. We had the challenge last year but as online only, so not everybody heard about it at first. We’re glad to have people back again this year. Hopefully, anyone who missed it last year will be back this year.”

The challenge is an annual program done by the library with several prizes being offered.

“We do a summer reading challenge every summer. It’s for all ages from listeners and beginning readers to teens and adults,” said Novetsky. “The goal is to keep people reading, especially when the kids aren’t in school. There are prizes. The grand prizes for the listeners and (youth) readers are a family pass to the Detroit Zoo. For the teens, it is a 3D printing pen. For the adults, it’s a $100 gift card to Mr. Paul’s Chop House here in Roseville.”

The theme this year will be animals.

“Our theme this year is animals, so we have several programs tied into the reading program this summer,” Novetsky said. “This includes a program about raising chickens in the backyard for egg laying. There’s one about monarch butterflies. There’s one about birds of prey, and we will have live animals here for both the butterflies and birds of prey. We have take-and-make crafts, and most will have an animal theme. The Roseville police will be bringing in their K-9 officers, as well.”

Novetsky believes a summer reading program can give kids a huge advantage for when they return to classes in the fall.

“It gets people coming into the library during the summer months,” he said. “It’s fun for us; it’s fun for the community. We have a lot of events coming up tied into the reading competition. It also promotes literacy for kids in the off-school months so they keep reading in the summer.”

“Summer is a great time for kids to continue to improve their reading skills,” added Marsack. “Those who don’t read during the summer months can lose up to two months of reading skills by the time they return to school in the fall. Plus, they can choose to read whatever they want during the summer. They can really have fun with it.”

Those wishing to take part do have to be Roseville residents and have library cards with the Roseville Public Library. There is no cost, but it does require registration.

“For anyone who loves animals, the appeal is right there,” remarked Novetsky. “All of the programs are free and family friendly. It’s a good way to get back out into the community after being separated and at home all year. We will be hosting the programs outdoors whenever possible.”