By Colin Foster
TROY — The Troy-Miami County Public Library is encouraging people to put down the television remote this winter, and curl up on the couch with a good book instead.
The library is holding its first ever winter reading program, Warm Up with Books, for teens and adults. The program has already started and will run through Feb. 28. People can still register for the program by visiting the library information desk and picking up a form.
“We’re encouraging people to read. When children see their older brothers and sisters and adults reading, it makes them want to read too,” said Troy-Miami County Public Library Director Rachelle Miller.
Miller said they have roughly 20 people in the program so far, but she’s hoping more people will sign up. To complete the program, people must read four books of their choice, then turn in a completed reading log to the library. Upon completion, they will be entered in a prize drawing for an android tablet. There will be a drawing for teens (ages 13-19) and another for adults.
“Other libraries do (programs like this), and it was something we haven’t done, so we thought we’d give it a shot and see if anyone was interested in participating,” Miller said.
For more information, contact the library at (937) 339-0502.
• Imagination Library
If parents are interested in registering their children for Imagination Library, they can register online at imaginationlibrary.com. After reaching the website, click “Register My Child.”
The program offers free books mailed monthly to children at home through the Miami County Imagination Library, a partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. All children in Miami County are eligible for the program and there is no cost or obligation to your family.
The Imagination Library is a 60-volume home library for preschool children, which was created to stimulate children’s imaginations and encourage reading within the family at an early age. There are a panel of educators that select the books for the library each year, always beginning the series with a special copy of “The Little Engine That Could.” Each child enrolled in the program will receive one book each month by mail until their fifth birthday.
The program is currently being funded by the United Way of Troy, Piqua Area United Way, Tipp City Area United Way, and the Friends of the Library. The program is also funded by the generosity of a former Troy resident, now deceased, named Ada Pressman. Anyone in the community interested in funding the program may sponsor a child for a year by sending $25 to the Troy-Miami County Public Library, Attention: Imagination Library, 419 W. Main St., Troy, OH 45373. The library is a 501c3 so contributions are tax deductible.
The library staff decided to implement the project in honor of Pressman, a former Troy resident who graduated from The Ohio State University and spent a majority of her career with Bechtel Corporation as a mechanical engineer. Pressman was a mechanical engineer in the 1970s — a time when few women entered the engineering field. She specialized in developing emergency safety systems for fossil-fired and nuclear power plants. The program is partially funded by a bequest to the library from her.
Since Thursday, there have been 319 children who have signed up. This includes 66 children from the Tipp City, Bethel Township, and Newton Township areas whose programs were incorporated into the Miami County Imagination Library.
All children in Miami County are eligible until their fifth birthday.
Anyone interested in more information can call Nancy Hargrove, children’s librarian, at (937) 339-0502, Ext. 121.