Get ready for a summer of imagination, creation, and learning with Barr Memorial Library's annual Summer Reading program: "Reading by Design."

There are programs and events planned throughout the summer for children, teens, and the whole family scheduled through July 15. Reading logs for the children's and teen programs are available now.

Summer Reading is a fun-filled time of reading, learning, and growing. Children 12 and younger complete the program by reading for a total of 12 hours. Each participant tracks their reading progress in the provided log. Children that complete the program turn in their entry and receive a special "Reading by Design" prize bag. In addition, children are entered in a random drawing for weekly prizes and a grand prize in his/her age group. The age category the children fall into is determined by the age he/she is when the program began on June 3. Weekly and grand prizes will be awarded for ages 0-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Children wishing to complete subsequent logs may do so and each completed log is another chance in the grand prize drawing.

The reading program is complemented by a variety of entertaining and educational programs including Wednesday morning programs at Devers Teen Center. Performances will feature acclaimed Louisville music educator and rapper Jecorey "1200" Arthur, the Squallis Puppeteers, and the Balloon Man of Kentucky. Preschool Story Hour is offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and participation in those programs count towards the child's reading total.

Additionally, children ages 8-12 are invited to attend Crafternoons June 14, 28 and July 12 at 3 p.m. For children ages 5-12, the library offers Tinker Time June 21 and July 5 at 3 p.m.

The teen program allows teens to read and participate with customizable choices for their summer reading experience. Participants may either read five books, participate in five programs, or do any combination of the two to finish. The teen program, ages 13-17, runs the same period as the children's program and, also like that program, teens completing it will receive a prize bag incentive and have a random chance to win a grand prize--a LittleBits Smart Home Kit. The more logs teens complete, the more chances he/she has to win the grand prize.

For more information about the reading programs or the special events associated with them, contact Barr Library at (502) 624-1232.