JONESVILLE — The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Baily Circus has again implemented its Reading with Ringling Bros. program where children can earn free tickets to the Circus Xtreme performance this winter. The Jonesville Library will help facilitate this program for the third year.
“I think it’s a good way to encourage reading,” said Jonesville Branch Librarian Barbara Gilpin, who was very excited about the program.
According to Beth Carter, regional communications director for the circus, “The Reading with Ringling Bros. program began as a fun and rewarding way to encourage children to read,” and it has been very successful.
To earn a ticket, a child must read five books and have an adult chaperone purchase a ticket. Children must come to the library for verification that they read the books and to get their card stamped. For each adult ticket purchased, three free tickets can be earned by reading.
Ringling sends participating libraries a special stamp to use on the rewards club card each year as well as bookmarks and reading posters to inspire involvement. Not every public library participates although free for the libraries and families with the exception of the adult ticket purchased. Mount Airy, Sparta and Yadkin County Public Library are the only other local libraries participating at this time.
Though the program is not available through schools and homeschooling, Gilpin stated, “We are encouraging preschools and Headstart to participate,” believing that by inspiring children to read at a young age, they will continue to love books all their lives.
The rewards program will be earning tickets for the performance at the Greensboro Coliseum Feb. 8-12, 2017.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.