For years children have had summer programs encouraging them to read. This summer the Dakota County Libraries asked why should children get all the fun?â€œWeâ€™ve always had the childrenâ€™s reading program so we thought it would be fun to pick up this program and do something to recognize our adult readers,â€? said Jane George a librarian at Eaganâ€™s Wescott Library. â€œThe main idea is to encourage more people to read.â€?The libraries began their Gold Card adult reading club in late July. Adult library patrons, age 18 and older, can pick up a reading log at any Dakota County library information desk and then read 50 books of 50 or more pages in length or listen to 50 audio books 50 minutes or longer.Every successful patron will receive a gold library card to mark their achievement, as well as several other prizes.The program is a version of one run by the King County Library System in Washington, George said. Dakota County library officials heard about the program at a conference and decided to give it a try here, she said.
Daniel adds: I guess anything is worth a try to boost reading, but what has happened to reading being its own reward? Reading as a window out into the world, or in to our own imaginations?