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Pierce County Library Introduces New Features to Summer Reading Program

At the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula libraries, kids can read down fines, and teens can earn points and prizes with an online gamification program this summer.

As schools wind down for the summer, the Pierce County Library System is kicking off its Summer Reading program this month. The program features two new unique and exciting features: children, tweens and teens can read down fines, and teens can earn points and prizes with an online gamification program. The Summer Reading program for children, tweens and teens runs June 23 through Sept. 2 in all Pierce County Libraries, including and locations. 

“Summer Reading is a critical bridge from the time the school doors close for the summer and the bell rings for classes in the fall,” said Neel Parikh, executive director of the Library. “With the fun programs for children and tweens, and online gaming for teens—we have experiences for all young readers.”

This summer children can read down fines they have accrued by not returning books or other materials on time. For the first 10 hours of reading, students may earn one coupon for up to $5 off their library fines. The Library System is offering this one-time only opportunity to reduce fines during these tough economic times and at the same time engage and involve children, tweens and teens with reading.

With Teen Summer Challenge the Library will launch a new online gamification program for teens. Challengers will earn badges and master achievements, interact with friends, read down library fines, and share reviews of books, music, movies and places. Pierce County Library Foundation will award an iPad to a winner randomly selected from the top point earners.

For more information, visit the Pierce County Library System.

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