Henrico County Public Library to kick off summer reading challenge June 15 

Program encourages community to read 100,000 books, win prizes 

Henrico County Public Library will kick off its 2023 Summer Reading program Thursday, June 15 for readers of all ages. This year’s theme, “All Together Now,” celebrates kindness, friendship and unity through reading.

The program aims to encourage readers to read collectively 100,000 books through Aug. 15. During last year’s challenge, participants read nearly 80,000 books.  

Participants will set their own reading goals, log their reading and learning activities and receive prizes as they advance. Participants will receive a pencil and a bookmark for signing up and be entered into a gift card drawing when they complete their first learning activity.  

The program, sponsored by the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, will reward participants throughout the summer, starting with a “progress prize” in July – a color-your-own bandana for children, a Rubik’s Cube for teens or a mug for adults.  

Children and teens who complete the program will be able to select a new, free book; adults will receive a voucher for a free book from the Friends of the Library Book Sale.  

Those who complete the challenge also can enter to win grand prizes, including a Nintendo Switch Mario Choose One Bundle; a Brother xr3774 Sewing and Quilting Machine; or a family membership to the Children’s Museum of Richmond, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden or Science Museum of Richmond.   Registration will remain open for the duration of the program. For more information or to register for the 2023 Summer Reading program, go online. More details on the Henrico County Public Library and its programs are at henricolibrary.org.

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