Reading logs for everyone who took the Summer Reading Challenge are due 6 p.m. July 12 at the front desk of the Crestview Public Library, 1445 Commerce Drive. Then, come to the Community Center for the Reader Awards.

Participants will want to arrive at 6:15 p.m. July 18 to peruse the silent auction prizes. We’ll have a ceremony to reward the readers' efforts in which we give them the funny money they earned. The Funny Money Store will be open so they can spend it. We’ll also enjoy some cookies, compliments of Little Caesar's, and milk.

Even if their children only read one day during the Summer Reading Challenge, I still encourage parents and guardians to turn in the reading log and come to the award ceremony. Let them buy what they can with one funny money dollar and see what they could have bought if they had read more!

In addition, those who can’t make it to the Reader Awards should turn in the Reading Logs anyway. They can stop by the library in the weeks to follow and pick up a coupon for a free kid's meal at Applebee's.

Heather Nitzel is the Crestview Public Library's youth services librarian.