Reach for some summer entertainment

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It’s not too late to get some summer reading done.

Patrons of Alexander Mitchell Public Library have until Brown County Fair week to redeem prizes for reading.

More than 1,500 prizes have been given out by the library already this summer, said Cara Romeo, the library’s assistant director and community services librarian.

“It’s bigger than it was last year and it’s only halfway through,” she said.

There are more than 1,000 readers of all ages signed up.

Kids and teens can get started by coming in and picking up a punch card. For every 10 days of reading, a prize can be redeemed.

Adults receive punches for every book read and can redeem prizes after five punches are earned.

This summer, reading habits have been varied when it comes to the types of books being checked out, Romeo said. Teens are leaning more toward science fiction, however.

“Mermaids and mermen are the new vampires,” Romeo said. “They’re not cute mermaids. They’re the replacement for vampires and zombies.”

Another popular pick is the “Hex Hall” series, which Romeo describes as the popular television show “Pretty Little Liars” mixed with Harry Potter.

Though many have a penchant for drama, Romeo said there are still children and young adults who like fiction that is more realistic.

For adults, beach reads, such as romance novels or womens’ fiction, are always popular in the summer, Romeo said.

“They are reads that are easy,” she said.

For those looking for something a little different, Romeo recommends some authors from the region or those who will be visiting the Aberdeen area.

Children’s book author John Archambault will be in town for the Storybook Land Festival. Jeannette Walls, author of the memoir “The Glass Castle,” will be at Northern State University this fall.

As for authors from South Dakota, Romeo recommends Lori Armstrong and Nichole Bennett.

She said she’s seen an increase in reading mostly due to the different types of books available now. There are more authors and larger variety of books, Romeo said.

Reading habits should be established as a family, she said.

“Parents need to read, too,” Romeo said.

That’s the best way to encourage kids to pick up a book, she said. Finding books suited for the correct reading level and a child’s interests are also important.

“There are so many different types of books and there are books out there for every child,” she said. “Ask a librarian. That’s what we’re here for.”

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