The annual Summer Reading Program is in full force, giving kids a chance to get prizes and have a splashingly good time.
The Huntington Beach Public Library's Summer Reading Program "Make a Splash: Read!" already has more than 4,200 children signed up, almost reaching last summer's total of 5,800, as it goes into its home stretch with a number of events to finish out the summer.
The program gives children a reading log where they can record either per book or for every 20 minutes read, and then rewards them when they read 25 books or 500 minutes. Students are rewarded again when they complete the log with 50 books or 1,000 minutes.
"It's to encourage reading throughout the summer to keep their brains sharp," said librarian Susan Korson. "So when they go back to school in the fall, their brains haven't withered."
The children earm raffle tickets and can enter to win restaurant gift certificates, food and candy coupons, bookmarks, stickers and gift baskets. The library also has passes to Disneyland, an American Girl doll and a bodyboard.