Destination Jungle is the theme for this year's Summer Reading Program at the S.C.R.L.


The Summer Reading Program is underway at the South Central Regional Library. Head Librarian Mary Toma says this year's theme is Destination Jungle, with each branch decorated with jungle animals, vines, and trees. She adds the children are also racing to earn the title of Jungle Hero.


The reading corner at the Altona Library has been transformed into a jungle hut


Toma says for every hour the kids read or are read to, they earn 10 library bucks which they can redeem for prizes or donate towards purchasing school kits for third world countries. Last year, enough money was raised in the region to purchase 15 school kits through M.C.C.


A monkey oversees reading activities at the Altona location from atop a palm tree


Meanwhile, Toma says there are long term rewards to reading over the summer months when school is out.


It truly is a jungle at the Altona Library with monkeys hanging from the ceiling!


She adds the program has seen a tremendous response this year, with 922 children already signed up throughout the region.


The staff at the Winkler branch even converted some of the buildings support structure to fit the jungle theme


The exterior of the Winkler Library lets you know there is a wild reading experience going on this summer


~ Thursday, July 8th 2010 ~