Children offered chance to participate in football-themed library challenge 


Fall is here, and the Lincoln Parish Library has a new football-themed challenge for its youngest patrons. 

The football reading challenge starts today and goes through the month of September, with children who participate and finish the challenge eligible to win a football-themed prize package, including a desktop football game. 

The children will receive a paper with ten different reading goals, such as “read an award-winning book” or “read in your pajamas,” said Shelly Dowdy, children’s specialist. 

“For every challenge they read, they get to move their (paper) football on the wall,” Dowdy said. “When they get through all 10 challenges, they can fill out a form for a drawing. We’ll draw the evening of Sept. 30, and someone will win a prize.” 

Dowdy said the children’s department started doing these challenges throughout the school year, in addition to their ongoing summer challenges, to encourage children and keep them reading after COVID came to the area. 

“It keeps them busy and reading,” Dowdy said. “They keep reading, and the more they read, the better they read.” 

Marcie Nelson, interim library director, said many of these monthly challenges go along with the reading homework parish school children already receive. 

“It adds a fun element,” Nelson said. “If they already have reading assignments at school, kids can get bogged down and think, ‘I have to do this.’ This adds a fun element of, ‘I get to do this.’” 

Kacey Richard, marketing coordinator for the library, said the goal of all the challenges is to keep kids reading. 

“When there is incentivized reading, it’s a good screen alternative, and that’s something we want to promote,” Richard said. 

In addition to the football reading challenge, the take and make crafts are still available, and this fall they are animal themed. September’s craft themes are barn animals, October’s will be woodland animals, and November will be pets. Also, while virtual story time and virtual craft demonstrations will continue, the library will restart the face-to-face story time this month. 

“Well maintain our virtual story time on Mondays at 10 a.m. and virtual craft demonstrations at 2 p.m.,” Nelson said. “But we’re going to take the exact same thing and bring it inhouse at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Parents can still choose if they want the all virtual option, but if they’re missing that social interaction, they can come in here. It will be in the community room so we can practice social distance, wear masks and be safe.” 

To sign up for the football reading challenge, visit the Lincoln Parish Library at 910 N. Trenton Street. For more information about the challenge, crafts, or story time, call the children’s department at 318-251-5030. 

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