books.jpgThe San Francisco Public Library is kicking off the summer with a “Power Your Mind” reading program for kids, teens and adults on Wednesday.

Program outreach librarian Rosie Merlin said that for the first time, “anyone from birth to over 105 years old”–not just children and teens–is invited to sign up for the summer reading program, which begins Tuesday and runs through the end of July.

Participants can win prizes after logging the books they have read throughout the summer and the number of hours spent reading. Readers can win various small prizes for their progress as they log their hours, and a grand prize will be given out in the end.

All participants receive a bookmark for signing up, according to Merlin.

For the first time in 2011, participants can sign up for the program online at Offline, readers can register at any library branch, according to Merlin.

Participants can use other new online resources to log the amount of time spent reading, list names of books read, write book reviews and read others’ reviews, Merlin said.

Summer reading prizes need to be picked up at participants’ local branches, she added.

This year, the library is holding a citywide “super raffle.” Everyone who reads for 40 hours throughout the June and July program will be automatically entered into a drawing for his or her age group.

Four child and adult winners will receive a Kindle e-reader or a family membership to a Bay Area museum, and two teens can win either an iPad2 or a Sports Basement gift certificate, Merlin said.

The “Power Your Mind” summer program includes a calendar of events held through libraries with adult yoga classes, music listening stations for teens and hula-hoop lessons for kids, Merlin said.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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