Sixteen bicycles have been awarded to local children by the Rockport Masonic Center for their participation in the Rockport Public Library's summer reading program. The ceremony took place at the library on Aug. 10.

Youth Services librarian Ben Odgren said that this was the first year that the library had partnered with members the Rockport Masonic Center for the Mason's Bikes for Books event; in previous years the Masons have donated bicycles to other organizations in the community in an effort to increase and encourage young readership.

A total of 14 bicycles were given by the Masons this year to children ranging in age from two to 11 years old. To be eligible for the bicycle raffle children had enrolled in June in the library's summer reading program, and recorded the books they read through the month of July. For each group of 10 books that the children read, their name would be placed on a raffle ticket; their names could be cast multiple times depending on the number of books they read, thereby increasing their odds to win.

Information on upcoming events at the Rockport Public Library can be found at rockport.lib.me.us, and information about the Rockport Masonic Center can be found on its Facebook page.