The Camden Public Library’s summer reading program for adults is off to a strong start, with more than two dozen readers already signed up, and five winners of book prizes so far. The program encourages readers to stretch beyond their usual reading patterns and read books from genres that are beyond their normal comfort zone. Book prizes are awarded for each four books read from four different genres.

Readers are also encouraged to share their reading by posting their response to the books on the library’s bulletin board. Readers are awarded raffle tickets for the grand prizes at the end of the summer. The prizes will include books from the Owl and Turtle Bookstore, Sherman’s Books, a copy of “Where The Mountains Meet the Sea” published by the Camden library, and a gift certificate to the Camden Deli.

Readers can register at the front desk at the library, and create a page in the log book for recording the genres of the books they read, and get a chance for an instant door prize when they register. There are book lists available of recommended books for each genre, prepared by the library staff.

The summer reading program for readers under 13, Make a Splash @ the Library, is sponsored by Camden National Bank and Amity Masonic Lodge of Camden through its Bikes for Books Campaign. In the program, 4 to 8 year olds will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays, and 9 to 12 year olds will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., also on Thursdays. There will be new activities each week. In addition, participants will be challenged each week to learn another library skill, and then put it to use.

The independent teen summer reading program, Make Waves, also features reading and rewards in the form of prizes. Go to the library, call 236-3440, or visit for more information.