Sign-up begins next Tuesday, June 24, for "Lights, Camera, Read!" -- the Payson Public Library's free summer reading program.
"The program, for children age 3 through elementary school, runs the entire month of July," assistant library director Margaret Jesus said. "When children sign up anytime the week of June 24 (during regular library hours), they get bags with bookmarks and other stuff in them."
Each week of the program, participants pick up packets of word puzzles, coloring sheets and other things they can do at home.
"The program is designed so that parents who work and their children who are in daycare can come in anytime during the week and pick up stuff and still participate," Jesus said.
A special program is held from 10:30 a.m. to noon each Wednesday during July at the library.
"The children come in and do a number of activities, including skits and crafts," Jesus said. Snacks are also served.
Of course the focus of the program is reading. "They can come in any time (during regular library hours) and get books," Jesus said. "They can read anything they want.
"We have three age brackets and each group has to read a specific amount of time to turn in a bookmark. When they turn in a bookmark, they get a little prize and the bookmarks go into a weekly drawing."
Jesus emphasized that the program is based on time spent reading and not the number of books a child reads.
The program concludes July 30 with a picnic, at which time children who have turned in all four weekly bookmarks will be eligible for a grand prize drawing.