No ducking out on reading at Chicago Ridge library
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org September 12, 2013 2:17AM
Updated: September 19, 2013 3:38PM
Things are just ducky at the Chicago Ridge Public Library this month.
About 1,000 little toy ducks — some reading various types of books, others with wild hair — will be given away as a promotion aimed at getting more people into the library, 10400 S. Oxford Ave.
It worked in the summer, when circulation increased, so library officials decided to extend it to September, children’s librarian Irene Ciciora said.
Judging by the enthusiasm among patrons on a recent day, the library hit on a winning plan by offering the tiny rubber ducks to anyone who checks out five items or who signs up for a library card.
“We want to get people into the library, so we’re offering something enticing. They receive a little incentive, a cute little duck,” Ciciora said.
“They are fun to collect. The kids are excited. Sometimes they want to check out books every day to get a new duck,” she said.
September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, and this is a way for folks to get something fun as an added incentive for getting a library card.
“There are book-reading ducks in there, but there are also the surprise blue or red ducks with troll hair for our ‘Scare Up a Good Book’ fall reading program,” Ciciora said.
The fall reading program is for kids through eighth grade and has them getting raffle tickets they can use to try to win prizes.
If a patron reads 30 books, he or she gets one of 250 tickets to Brookfield Zoo that were donated to the library.
“We haven’t done a fall reading program in quite a few years,” Ciciora said, noting the summer program was a big hit.
Getting back to the ducks, library patron and Chicago Ridge resident Donna Bruno said her children, regardless of age, enjoy collecting the ducks.
“Our house has so many ducks. I like the program, too. It’s fun,” Bruno said.
Ciciora said people reach into a jar and can’t see which duck they’re getting.
That adds to the fun, Bruno said.
Chicago Ridge resident Maria Krikava didn’t know about the ducks until she stopped in on a recent weekday morning.
“It sounds like fun,” she said.
For those who sign up for a library card at Chicago Ridge, there’s a twist. The library is offering new cards, a green card for kids and a photo of the library on the adult card.
Melinda Provost, head of technical and circulation services at the library, said the library was running out of cards and decided to offer the new ones.
People also get smaller cards that can be hooked onto keychains, she said.