Main Street Books hosts ‘Summer Reading Kick-Off’

Allan Blanks/MDN Aly Stoeckley, left, manager, kneels beside owner Val Stadick, who holds a reading bingo card for the upcoming “Summer Reading Kick-Off” event hosted at Main Street Books, Saturday at 12 p.m.

As the warmth of summer spreads across the Magic City, Main Street Books invites Minot area schools to share the excitement of their annual “Summer Reading Kick-Off,” Saturday in Main Street Books at noon.

Toy testing, face painting, a hot dog bar and games will be available throughout the event.

This year’s reading competition will feature a bingo card, in which students can mark off spots after finishing a book. Upon completion of a book, students are encouraged to return to Main Street Books with their bingo card to earn a $5 gift card.

In addition to submitting their bingo card, students can enter a drawing for a $50 gift card.

The school with the most student participation receives a $150 shopping spree for their school library.

“Seeing children excited about books is a good feeling,” said store owner Val Stadick. “When they come into the store, they’re excited about the books and this program is a good way of keeping their excitement up.”

During the 2017 edition of their “Summer Reading Kick-Off” the popular book store has adopted the theme “Reading Without Walls,” to promote the limitless possibilities associated with reading and writing.

Store manager Aly Stoeckley expressed tremendous enthusiasm about the upcoming event.

“It’s a great feeling to be able to be a part of something that’s actually impacting lives this summer,” Stoeckley said. “This event can help students prepare for the next school year. The art programs along with the reading and writing programs we’re doing over the summer is especially nice because we get to pass on all of our best knowledge to the kids.”

Survival bracelets, science experiments along with a plethora of fun and informative reading and writing activities will be featured in the “Reading Without Walls” program.

The kick-off is free to attend and a summer activities and sign-up packet will be available during the event.