The Metropolitan Library System Lifetime Reader's Society's fifth annual Winter ReadFest is in full gear, and ready to take on metro's literature lovers. The society, created for persons aged 55 and older, aims to incorporate enjoyment of reading and community involvement.
Kim Terry, Metropolitan Library System's manager of marketing and communications, said the program is the golden ticket for older generations to get active in the community through the love of reading.
"This event gets senior citizens more active in reading, getting them out there with other book lovers," Terry said. "Many people think the library is just for children's story time readings, but this shows we've got something for our older customers."
Once enrolled in the program at any one of 17 Metropolitan Library locations, members receive a free book bag, and are then eligible to win a variety of prizes, once completing a series of either four books or four audiobooks.
" $25 Visa gift cards,
" bookmarks and
" gift certificates to area restaurants.
A member can re-enter the drawing every time four books are completed.
"This is a lot of fun," said Anita Roesler, the Metropolitan Library System's senior services coordinator, in a press release, "and since it's for those 55 and older, customers between 18 and 54 have been voicing about wanting special reading programs for them!"
ReadFest 2008 will continue until March 31. For more information, call 606-3835 or visit their site. "Joanna Rus