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4:57 PM Mon, Sept. 24th

Summer reading program expanding and under new roof in PV library

PRESCOTT VALLEY - The summer reading programs for three age groups resume in June, and will have additional room by taking place in the new library.

"It's huge," teen librarian Carol Sibray said of use of a new library building that has three times the space as the former library on the third floor of the Civic Center. The library opened this past October in a 52,000-square-foot building that also houses the new Northern Arizona University-Yavapai campus.

The larger building makes it possible to conduct the Outdoor Survival Event June 2 in the auditorium on the first floor for projection and the crystal room on the third floor for demonstrations, Sibray explained.

Noting the concert for Christian musician Justin Unger will take place June 11 in the auditorium, Sibray said, "We could not have done this in the old library - at least not indoors."

Sibray, who arranged the first summer reading program for teens in 2004, said, "We were limited before. Now we have a broader range of types of events we can put on."

She dubbed the summer reading program for teens (ages 12 to 18) "Rock & Read Summer." It begins June 2 and concludes July 1 with the Rock N' Bowl Celebration at Antelope Lanes, which is open to the top 12 book readers.

Teens must complete a form and provide a synopsis of each book they read, Sibray said.

The summer program will have three components, Sibray said. The first is a month for each participant to read a book, and in turn receive a free book. The second is library games (such as library bingo and scavenger hunts), and the third is special events, such as bowling.

While the library will provide incentives for teens to read, Sibray explained, "Summer is for fun. We are supporting the joy of reading, not the mechanics."

The reading programs for children (ages 3 to 11) and adults will provide incentives as well. The town government, Friends of the Prescott Valley Public Library and the Prescott Valley Library Foundation are paying for the summer programs for the three age groups.

Children may vie for incentives in the form of stickers and a prize. They may register online or in person at the library at 7401 E. Civic Circle, and keep track online or on paper of the books they read.

They must read at least three books, said children's librarian Anne Pieszak, who is marking her 11th year with the program.

The program differs from the past because children as young as 3 may participate, she said.

The program begins June 8 with a concert by double-play flute and tuba duo Patrick Scianella and Amy Ridings. It concludes July 31, when children pick up their prizes.

The reading program for children will use the name "Make a Splash - Read!" because the American Library Association adopted the theme "Water Your Mind," Assistant Library Director Ted Johnson said. He heads the adult program, which begins June 15 and concludes Aug. 15.

While it is open for all adults, a majority of the participants are seniors, Johnson said.

Johnson said participants may compete for drawings for 10 $30 gift certificates if they check out 10 books, audio books or movies, or combinations of the three.

The adult program also includes a hike to Spruce Mountain in the Prescott National Forest, a visit by author Nancy Turcich and a poetry reading.

Registration for the reading programs begins Thursday. For more information, visit or call the library at 759-3040, or log onto www.pvlib.net.