Excitement for summer reading was boosted at the Peterborough Town Library this year thanks to the generosity of the Altemont Masonic Lodge No. 26. The Masons donated bicycles and helmets to three local libraries, including Peterborough, as part of their Bikes for Books program.
When the summer wrapped up, two lucky young readers were rewarded for their dedication to reading. Vera and Aza were selected as the winners in the library’s Roll Into Reading summer raffle and each received a shiny new bike and helmet courtesy of the Masonic Lodge. To enter the raffle, kids had to complete one hour of reading for each ticket, with a whopping 435 raffle slips submitted in total.
“We are so appreciative to the Altemont Masonic Lodge #26 for sponsoring the Bikes for Books Program,” said Aimee LaRue, Public Services Librarian. “The bikes definitely helped encourage our readers. Summer reading is crucial to keep kids engaged in reading and prevents the ‘summer slide’ in skills.”
In addition to the Masonic Lodge’s support, the Kiwanis Club of Peterborough donated over 400 new books for giveaways during the summer and at upcoming library events. The Friends of the Peterborough Town Library also sponsored a visit from the Kona Ice Truck at the End of Summer Reading Concert, where each child who completed the summer reading challenge received a free shaved ice treat.