The Berks County Public Library System's annual summer reading program for young readers is now underway.
Local Subway restaurants have partnered with the county's libraries for the 10-week program, which is designed to help participants maintain reading skills learned throughout the school year.
The program, with the theme, "Dig Into Reading, will run through Aug. 17. Children and teens can go to their local library and receive a Subway restaurants reading card.
The card, organizers said, works by encouraging students to read or listen to 10 books over 10 weeks. Parents or guardians will initial a series of 10 blocks on the reading card, one for every book their child listened to or read. Once the card is completed, it can be redeemed at any Subway in Berks County to receive a free kids meal.
"We are excited to join in this partnership,” said Susan Magee-Bibi, youth services coordinator of Berks County Public Libraries. "It’s great to have a healthy restaurant partner in the program and I hope this will help our program continue to grow."
The summer reading program was launched in 1986 with just 500 young readers taking part. It has since grown to more than 7,500 students, but Magee-Bibi said she hopes to reach 10,000 this summer.
For more information about the summer reading program, students and parents can visit their local community public library, call the library at 610-278-5260 or visit Berks County Public Libraries online.