Reading takes children to new heights |

Reading takes children to new heights

by Diane Rogers

Special to The R-C

Visiblity unlimited. That’s one of the thrills of riding the thermals above Carson Valley.

Buckled into a glider owned and operated by SoaringNV, based at Minden-Tahoe Airport, you can see hundreds of miles in any direction as you soar on columns of rising air.

What a prize. Literally.

A free glider ride will be the grand prize of the Douglas County Public Library’s summer reading program. In fact, there will be two prizes: one glider ride for children ages 1 to 11, and one for 12-to-17-year-old readers.

Coordinated by Bobbi Thompson, manager of Minden-Tahoe Airport, the two Big Sky Glider grand prizes will be awarded on Aug. 6, in a random drawing of raffle tickets at the Minden library. All youngsters who have completed the summer reading program, by reading books, listening to audio books or participating in a variety of activities that promote literacy, are eligible for the grand prizes. Additional prizes provided by Friends of the Library include a dinosaur-fossil kit, ant farm, and volcano science kit.

Throughout the summer, young readers have been rewarded for reading with passes for the Carson Valley Swim Center, ice-cream certificates from McDonald’s, and books, among others. Additional prizes included gift certificates from Eastern Sierra Feed, free games from Silver Strike Lanes, a uniform and one month of workouts with West Coast Martial Arts, and gift certificates from Wal-Mart. Agencies that have made monetary donations to the program are Minden Fortnightly Club, G.E. Energy Services, Perma-Cal Industries, Inc., and Maxton MFG. Roundtable Pizza also will give a free pizza to every child who completes the summer reading program.

More than 600 youngsters already have signed up for the program. Librarians are anticipating that another 400 readers will enroll before the end of July.

For more information, call the library at 782-9841.