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Lewisboro Library Teen Reading Program Kicks Off

The Lewisboro Library teen reading program is scheduled to kick-off this month with a series of activities, games and contests.

According to the library’s teen librarian, Dolores Antonetz, this year’s theme, set by the New York State Library Association, is “You Are Here.” Antonetz said the association allows librarians leeway on how they wish to interpret the theme.

“Each librarian can interpret it how they want,” she said. “For example, you could create an international theme with books that take place in other countries.”

When Antonetz first came to the Lewisboro Library six years ago, it had a reading program for young children, but not teens. She realized that the same prizes and incentives used for summer reading for elementary kids wouldn’t fly with the teens, so she reached out to the community to find something more apropos.

“We are able to get free movie tickets and Pepsi donated some hats and t-shirts,” she said. “I was able to get local sports teams like the Knicks, Giants, Yankees and Liberty to donate autographs, photos and memorabilia.”

Last year’s grand prize was a Yankee cap autographed by relief pitcher Mariano Rivera. This year’s top prize is an iPod Touch, which was made possible through a donation from the South Salem-based Dexta Baldwin McGonagle Foundation.

Teens receive points for every book they read throughout the summer. Accumulated points are then redeemed for tickets, which are used in a summer’s end raffle of the donated prizes. The more the teens read, the better their chances of winning a prize.

“When I first started this six years ago, we were hoping to get at least 15 kids signed up; we got 55,” Antonetz said.

The summer reading program kicks off June 28, 5-7 p.m., with a pizza party and scavenger hunt, and teens can sign up and start reading and begin accumulating points.

There are other library programs for teens slated for throughout the summer:

  • Patriotic pins and jewelry craft program – June 29, 4 p.m.
  • You Are Here t-shirt craft program; design a shirt using fabric pens, paint and gems - July 6, 4 p.m.
  • African bangle bracelet craft; teens use pages from books to say something about the bracelet -July 13, 4 p.m.
  • Family Scrabble Tournament, snacks and drinks served – July 20, 7-9 p.m.
  • Harry Potter trivia party with food and prizes – July 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Backpack craft; re-used an old t-shirt to create a backpack – Aug. 2, 4 p.m.
  • Prize party for summer reading program (iPod Touch awarded) – Aug. 9, 7-9 p.m.
  • Norma Chang Chinese cooking program, “Oodles of Noodles” – Aug. 10, 1:30 p.m.

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