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Wake County Libraries Offer Incentive For Teen Readers

Posted July 17, 2001

— During the lazy days of summer, who would not want to curl up with a good book? Teenagers! Librarians are using a new program to help tweens and teens recall the joy of books by offering a little incentive.

Wake County librarians noticed teenagers stop reading for fun after they begin middle school.

"We realized that 25 percent of the people that come through our doors are teens and yet, we are doing no programming for them," says librarian Angela Boone.

Wake County libraries are now offering teen readers a little incentive to open a book.

"If they read a book, any book that they want to, and write a short review -- just a couple of short sentences, they are put in a drawing for a free movie ticket," Boone says.

"It's easier to watch a movie rather than read a book that is over 400 pages in an hour," says 15-year-old Thomas Davison.

Theaters in Cary, Garner and Raleigh donated the tickets. The Books for Movie Tickets program lasts through the first week of August at any Wake County library.


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