The Rotary Club of Eaton has donated $549 for the Teen Summer Reading Program at the Eaton Branch of the Preble County District Library.
Christina Jones, young adult librarian, said Barbara Curry approached the library in April representing the Rotary Club.
Jones said at the library, if kids have $4.99 or more in fines, their card is blocked and they are not able to check out books, which can make it more difficult for them to participate in the reading program.
Teens who participate in the reading program are supposed to try to read library materials, but Jones said 17 percent of kids ages 12-17 have their cards blocked.
With the $549 donation from the Rotary Club, the library purchased 100 paperback copies of “Divergent” which Jones said is a very popular book.
June 2 was the first day to sign up for the program, and Jones said 28 teens had already signed up.
The Eaton library branch, as well as the Preble County District Library as a whole, will organize prize drawings for teens to win items such as water bottles, candy or a $100 Walmart gift card. The teens receive tickets for the drawings depending on how many hours they read.
The program is science-themed, with T-shirts created that read “Spark a Reaction.”
“I really think reading is important,” Jones said.
Jones said students who don’t read during the summer could fall back up to two grade levels in reading.
Harley Wolf and Seth Bowman, both 13, signed up for the program June 2. Bowman said he signed up because he enjoys reading.