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August 12, 2020

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It's a great time to 'Imagine your Story' and sign up to win a variety of prizes
Inspiring kids to read is this impressive handmade “Castle,” crafted by Tori Sisson, at right, and her mom, Amy, from “lots of cardboard,” paper mache and paint. At left are Katie Hopkins, children’s librarian with her daughter Aslynn, 11.—Staff Photo by Barbara King
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Inspiring kids to read is this impressive handmade “Castle,” crafted by Tori Sisson, at right, and her mom, Amy, from “lots of cardboard,” paper mache and paint. At left are Katie Hopkins, children’s librarian with her daughter Aslynn, 11.—Staff Photo by Barbara King
What better time to "Imagine Your Story" than right now?

Yes, the local library is offering that chance of escape during their Summer Reading Program where participants are encouraged to immerse themselves in, for example, medieval times, the wizarding world of Harry Potter or your basic good vs. evil in classic fairy tales.

Along the way, those who register for the program can earn tickets to enter in prize drawings that will be awarded July 18, the day when the program concludes. To earn these tickets, minutes must be recorded by July 15. You earn one ticket per two hours of reading and also earn a ticket by attending one of the library's many programs, whether for children, teens or adults.

According to children's librarian Katie Hopkins, most of the prizes this year will be gift cards which will be mailed, due to considerations of social distancing.

"There's a huge list" of prizes, says Katie, including tickets to King's Island and Big Splash, as well as a wide variety of local restaurants and stores such as Walmart and Casey's General Store.

"Some people log in at the last second," says Katie, so don't worry about waiting till now to participate. Besides, everyone who logs in and registers can help the library reach their goal of one million hours of reading.

Participation is down this year due to the coronavirus, with about 250 registered. Usually, Katie and her assistant, Tori Sisson, drum up enthusiasm for the Summer Reading Program by visiting local schools. This year, that was not possible since schools were closed.

"We're happy, considering what is going on," she says.

As of Monday, 144,044 minutes have been logged. With about two weeks left to go, your partipation would be most welcome.

So far, the grand finale for the program is still set on Saturday, June 18. That is when the Cincinnati Circus is set to perform at the library.

All the more reason to participate in the Summer Reading Program!





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