MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — Whether by reading an e-book on a smartphone, being read to aloud by Mom or sitting in a hammock with an actual paper-and-ink book, kids and teens can earn prizes for the books they read through the Mount Kisco Public Library's Summer Reading Game.
Students of all ages can register online to record the books they read over the summer and the number of pages. For books read on smartphones or devices like Kindle, the page count recorded must be the number of pages in a print copy of the book.
The game also features a teen reviewers program in which students can review advance reading copies of books the library receives to get credit for community service.
Youth Services Director Deirdre Johnson said the library also has a read-to-me game so the littlest children can participate even if they are not reading yet.
Prizes include Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream for 300 pages, goodies from Bellizzi's for 600 pages and a meal from Applebee's for 1,000.
In the past, the library also has run an adult version of the game with prizes like gift certificates and items donated from local shops and restaurants.
There are a wealth of activities for kids and teens to be found on the library calendar, like book clubs, story times, crafts and parties.
“We schedule all these events in the summer because the kids are not in school and they do want more to do in the summer,” Johnson said. “We want to inspire them to come into the library and get to love the library and get to love reading.”
Johnson said the library worked with the schools in the district to get as many children reading as possible, and all the children in the Mount Kisco Elementary School are enrolled in the program. The librarians also have multiple copies of books from the Bedford Central School District’s reading list on display.
The summer reading game site, which also can be accessed through the library's main page, has lists of books from the Bedford Central School District's reading lists and from lists provided by the Summer Reading at New York State Libraries program, which coordinates these programs for libraries throughout the state.