The Fort Frances Public Library kicked off its annual “Reading Raffle” for students in grades seven to 12 by holding their first draw last week.
“We had our draw on Friday,” said program creator Andrea Avis. “Our first-place winner was Robin Sieders, who got a CD certificate from Sight and Sound, and our second-place winner was Ashley LaFreniere, who took home a show pass for Cine 1•2•3.”
With a total of 35 books read in just their first week, Avis is optimistic they’ll surpass the 246 books that were read during the same summer reading program last year.
“This raffle was created to encourage teenagers to remain familiar with the library,” Avis noted. “This is the third year we have had our ‘Reading Raffle’ and it is always nice to see kids participating in the draws.
“For us, it was important to not make this a juvenile contest. We want teenagers to get involved so for prizes, we decided to give out show passes and gift certificates for CDs,” she added.
Running until the middle of August, teens will have the chance to enter their name into a draw each week to win prizes.
“Basically, they are allowed to read any book they want to, up to six books per week,” Avis said. “They then write down their name and the title of the book they read and drop it into our draw box, which is downstairs in the library.
“At the end of the week, we draw two names from the box,” she continued. “Once we have our winners, we ask them to tell us a little something about the book they read.
“I think teens are embarrassed to be involved in things like this but it is really a good way to spend the summer and it is fun, too,” Avis enthused.
For more information on the “Reading Raffle,” call the library at 274-9870.