BLACKFOOT—With orange highway cones in place and librarians dressed as construction workers, the library was bustling with parents and children Wednesday afternoon for the first day of the summer reading program - "Dig Into Reading at Blackfoot Public Library."
The fun, 'construction themed' program will keep kids busy through July with activities and the opportunity to win prizes by reading books.
"The library has dug up truckloads of things to do during this summer's program," said Lisa Harral, library director. "There will be different challenges available each week on the entry table. Individuals or families can have fun making and doing one or all of the challenges. The activity station has fun things to do whenever you visit the library."
Self confessed bookworm, Kate Williams, was among the many kids who signed up for summer reading on Wednesday. At just six years old, Kate said her favorite author is Roald Dahl and that she has already read "Matilda," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Charlotte's Web."
"I love to read. I have read a lot of books all in one day," she said.
Mandy Williams, Kate's mother, said that her daughter does indeed read above her grade level and that they are looking forward to the many activities in this year's summer reading program.
Harral said that even though the reading program has officially started, there is still time to sign up, saying, "We have nearly 1,000 kids signed up already and our goal is to have 1,300 participants."
While most of the activities are geared around elementary aged children, The summer reading program is free to readers in the Blackfoot area from toddler to high school age.
For more information call 785-8628, visit www.blackfootlibrary.org  or stop by the Blackfoot Public Library at 129 N. Broadway.