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Nederland library announces summer reading program; win prizes in 4 age ranges

NEDERLAND — There will be a summer reading program in Nederland hosted by the staff members of the Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library, complete with prizes for local children, teenagers and adults.

This year the theme is “Imagine Your Story.”

There will be programs for children, teens and adults with reading involved. The library will still have prizes for each group, which are made possible by generous sponsors in the community: Burger King, Chili’s, Dairy Queen, Domino’s, DuGood Federal Credit Union, El Viejo Tony’s, Firehouse Subs, Friends of the Library, Jumping World, Mazzio’s, McAlister’s, MCK Construction and Neches Federal Credit Union.

Due to COVID-19, the summer reading program is going to be a little different this year, but it’s still going to be lots of fun. For the health and safety of our community, patrons and staff the summer reading program reading logs will be completely digital. All summer storytimes, “Getting Crafty” and special events will also be online.

New for Summer 2020, all progress will be entered and recorded online in an Online Summer Reading Program. The portal is a product called Wandoo Reader and it’s used by libraries across the country.

To sign up go to the library’s website at ned.lib.tx.us. Select the appropriate program level, then select “Join Here” and complete the requested information.

Make sure to write down your user name and password. Wandoo Reader includes the option to have a game-based program. As you log your reading, you earn points that allow you to level up through the storyline and receive “parts” you can use to change the appearance of your avatar.

It’s set it up so the game is active for children and teens, but you can choose to turn it off. Adults will see the basic logging program.

Each participant can sign up for his or her own account. If you are a parent or guardian of multiple children who would also like to participate in Summer Reading, you can register for a Family Management Portal account to handle all your family’s registrations under one account.

New program level

The library has added a Preschool program for birth through age 5. The program includes reading and weekly prizes, but also 10 special challenges for parents and preschoolers to do together. If all 10 challenges are completed, your child will earn the extra prize of a book.

Children’s program

The library added several challenges to the program, but completion of them is not required.

Teen program changes

Every time you read six books, you will earn another entry into our grand prize drawings. You could be one of six teen winners. The more you participate in summer reading, the greater your chances of winning.

Each week the library will post four new challenges. If you complete three of the challenges, you’ll earn a special prize for that week.

Adult program changes

You’ll still be reading and will be able to earn entries into the weekly and grand prize drawings.

In addition, each week throughout the summer, you will see a new “challenge.” The challenges are not mandatory, but every time you complete a challenge, you will earn another entry into the grand prize raffle held at the end of the program.

Complete all six challenges and you’ll earn six additional entries for the grand prize raffle.