When my children were young, we loved participating in reading programs at the library. We interacted with storytellers and explored the endless shelves of books with their limitless possibilities.
Library visits helped instill a love of reading and emphasized the significance of those shared experiences. These fond memories resurface whenever the Cumberland County Public Library rolls out a reading program, and there's one right around the corner.
This year's Winter Reading and Activity Program, "WRAP Yourself Up in a Good Book This Winter," launches on Dec. 15 and runs through Jan. 15. Everyone can win prizes, which are available while supplies last, by tracking reading progress at http://ccplnc.readsquared.com and completing fun activities.
Children and teens who read for five hours will receive a free book. Sixteen lucky readers will win a $25 bookstore gift card. One reader from each age group will win a grand prize book bundle.
There are so many terrific books for all age groups to discover. Your little one may enjoy Gianna Marino's “Waiting for Mama,’’ where a baby penguin waits for food during a cold, snowy winter. Older children may enjoy Christine Day's “The Sea in Winter,’’ where a Native American ballet dancer struggles with the pain of an injury that endangers her dreams. Teens may appreciate the real-life survival in Allan Wolf's novel in verse, “The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep: Voices from the Donner Party.’’
For the adults who play WRAP Bingo, there’s a limited-edition flashlight. Eight lucky winners will win a winter gift bundle, and one will come away with the grand prize $100 gift card. Begin your winter reading journey with Dan Fesperman's “Winter Work,’’ about a Stasi officer who fights for his life after the fall of the Berlin Wall, or maybe you'd prefer joining two strangers stranded on a ski lift in Jill Shalvis' “The Family You Make.’’
We often think of reading as a solo activity, but it’s much more than that. Reading creates connections that bring us closer together. I hope to see you join readers across Cumberland County as we wrap ourselves up in some good books this winter.
Support for library programming comes from the Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library Inc. For more information about WRAP and all our programs, stop in at any of our eight locations, visit https://cumberlandcountync.gov/library or call 910- 483-7727.
Carla Brooks is the division manager for programs for the Cumberland County Public Library.