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Summer reading program kicks off
The Live Oak Public Library System has kicked off its annual summer reading program for kids up to age 18, and the rewards and prizes include a grand prize of an Atlanta getaway weekend for a family of four. Above, kids get busy making bookmarks as part of the program. - photo by Photo provided

The Effingham branches of Live Oak Public Libraries kicked off the annual summer reading program June 1 with a special celebration at the Rincon Library. Activities included arts and crafts, stories, face painting, bubble play and more.

This year the summer reading theme is “Dig Into Reading.” Open to children and teens up to age 18, the program includes rewards and prizes to encourage young people to keep reading throughout the summer.

This year’s grand prize is an Atlanta getaway package for a family of four that includes a three-night stay at the Hyatt Downtown Atlanta as well as admission to the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Zoo Atlanta, Fernbank Museum, “Imagine It!” Children’s Museum of Atlanta, and the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Participants may read anything — comics, graphic novels, newspapers, e-books and, of course, library books. They also can participate by listening to stories read aloud or by listening to audiobooks.

To get started, readers can visit any Live Oak Public Libraries branch and pick up a Dig Into Reading log or download one from the library’s Web site

The program, which runs through Aug. 17, consists of four reading levels, 10 hours at each level, for a total of 40 hours. After completing each level, the reader just brings his or her reading log to any library branch to receive rewards, including coupons to nearly 20 participating sponsors from throughout the Savannah area.

The program also includes performances by storytellers, actors, musicians, artists and magicians. This year’s lineup of special guests includes Hampstead Stage Company’s “The Secret Garden,” the Forsyth Farmers’ Market, musician Charlie Hope, Sean Driscoll’s “Rock ‘n Roar Dino Show,” Mike Clemmons with “Fun with Electricity,” Ruby the Clown, and magical educator Chad Crews.

For complete schedules for all branches, visit