By Barry Dalton
VANDALIA—The Vandalia Branch of the Mexico-Audrain County Library District has installed a “book walk” at the Tri-County Park here in Vandalia.
The Vandalia book walk is unique in that park-goers can also earn points toward the library’s summer reading program through an app called Readsquared.
“We’re trying to keep everyone involved in reading. It’s a little hard right now,” Vandalia Library Branch Manager Crystal McCurdy said. “We try hard to accommodate and keep up with our changing world here.”
No app is needed to walk the path, starting near the swimming pool, and enjoy the books. Ruth Nation, who works part-time at the library, coordinated getting the books mounted on 16 display boards and installed around the park. The plan is to have a different book every two to three weeks until the end of October.
“Never doubt that a little encouragement can make an impact,” Nation said.
Participants who want to earn points, badges and potentially prizes for reading, simply need to download the app and register to start tracking all of the books they’ve read this summer.
“One of the pages of the book has a secret word that will help kids earn more points,” McCurdy said.
Friends of the Vandalia Library is funding the program. More information is available on the Mexico-Audrain County Library District Facebook page. Prizes have not been announced yet.