Avondale launches year-round reading program

By West Valley View staff

The Avondale Public Libraries’ summer reading program may have ended for the season, but the reading continues.

The success of the annual Avondale Summer Reading Program inspired READ! 365, which began the week of August 28.

The program is free and open to all ages. Participants can earn “badges” to redeem books and prizes by reading, attending events or participating in “community experience.” Each age group has special challenges to meet. In addition to completing a reading list, participants can visit parks, free library or city events, or special lectures or programs. Those who complete the challenge will earn an accomplishment badge.

READ! 365 runs through June 1. The Avondale Public Library participates in the Maricopa County Reads Summer Reading Program, which runs June through July.

“The summer break gives us an opportunity to ‘graduate’ school children to the next level and start fresh with revamped challenges and badges for all ages,” said Ava Gutwein, Avondale Libraries manager.

Anyone can sign up online at avondalelibrary/readsquared.com or visit either of the two Avondale libraries. There are two branches, Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library (495 E. Western Avenue) and Avondale Civic Center Library (11350 W. Civic Center Drive).

READ! 365 is an initiative that aligns with the city’s recent 2017 All-America City Award. Avondale was recently named an All-America City, an honor bestowed on just 15 communities around the country who have demonstrated civic engagement by helping young children achieve grade-level reading proficiency and early school success.

For more information about the Avondale Library, visit avondalelibrary.org.

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