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Kids can strengthen their reading skills this summer while winning cool prizes and a chance to earn funds for college, thanks to the summer reading program at Anne Arundel County Public Library.

Summer Reading ProgramThe theme of the program this year is “Build a Better World.” Already underway, the program runs through Aug. 5 and offers concerts, performances and workshops for all ages.

Each of the Anne Arundel County libraries will offer fun family-friendly programs that will help build strong readers. Participants can win prizes — including an iPad, Beats headphones, books and more — for meeting reading and activity requirements. Kids can track their progress on the Anne Arundel Public Library website or by using the Beanstack App.

Participants who complete the challenge will be entered into a drawing for tickets to an Orioles game, a Medieval Times performance, or to the Maryland Science Center. One winner will receive $250 towards a Maryland 529 Investment Plan. All participants ages 15 and younger will receive a free voucher for a Bowie Baysox game on Aug. 18.

“Summer reading programs can have a tremendous impact on student achievement. It has been demonstrated in countless studies that the early development of summer reading habits can play a critical role in providing a solid foundation for later academic success,” says Skip Auld, CEO of Anne Arundel County Public Library.

Libraries across the county will offer a variety of special programs including:

  •  “Books! The Magic is Real” — Magician Joe Romano shares his magic act stressing the importance of reading.
  • “Billy’s Bridge Puppet Show” — An interactive puppet show based on the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff.
  • Music Concerts — Performances from the U.S. Navy Band, Anne Arundel County Community College students, Hands of Harmony and more.

Find more information about special programs on the Anne Arundel County Public Library website.

Registration for the program can be done on the website, at any library branch or at the Y of Central Maryland in Arnold on June 17 and 24.

Anne Arundel County is not the only county offering a summer reading program. Neighboring county libraries also have the theme “Build a Better World” with programs of their own. For details visit the Howard County Library System website, the Prince George’s County Library System website, Calvert Library website and the Queen Anne’s County Library website.

Anne Arundel County’s “Have Library Card, Will Travel” photo contest is also back. Families can Tweet or Facebook a photo with their library card while on vacation for a chance to win a Chesapeake Bay Watermark Cruise for two or a gift certificate to The Hideaway restaurant.

For more summer fun ideas, visit our 100 Days of Summer page and our daily calendar of events.

By Natalie Jeffery

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