By Joyce Waybright

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (May 31, 2019) – This year’s Summer Reading Program at the Bruce C. Clarke Library will start Monday and run through July 11.

“It’s Showtime at Your Library” is provided by the Department of Defense Morale Welfare and Recreation library program.

Children, teens, and adults may join the program, because the summer registration and reporting will be done totally online — you can do it anywhere, anytime — from home, from a phone, on a library computer, while on vacation or even in the middle of the night, parents permitting.

Online registration and reporting of minutes read will start on Monday. Read, report and receive rewards until July 11.

Registration and reporting at Fort Leonard Wood can be found online at

The Clarke Library supports both reading and listening to books, magazines and newspapers. We know many of the teens and adults in our program learned the joy of reading through a summer reading program.

For school age children, summer reading is both fun and will help them maintain their skills over the summer vacation, stopping “summer slide.”

Children’s reading skills can degrade over the summer if not practiced.

For the youngest children, the joy of having their parents or older siblings read to them will create a life-long love of reading.

While we have established recommended minimum goals for reading incentives and prizes, we hope everyone reports all their reading or listening on a regular basis throughout the program — because it’s fun and necessary to be eligible for random prize drawings.

Random drawings for overall prizes will take place after the program closes so that everyone can have a fair chance to win.

Participants must have completed and reported all goal levels to be included in the drawing.

All winners must be have signed up and have participated by reading and reporting minutes read in the online summer reading program.

They also must be registered Bruce C. Clarke Library patrons, either as an individual or the child or family member of an authorized sponsor.

Library registration requires a service member, military family member or civilian employee ID card and must be done in person at the library by the sponsor or spouse.

So read, report and receive rewards and most importantly, just enjoy reading or listening to books.

The link for the Summer Reading Program is below and will also be on the Bruce C. Clarke Library website:

For more information, call 573.563.4113/5857.

(Editor’s note: Tina Chaney, Bruce C. Clarke Library supervisor librarian, contributed to this article. Joyce Waybright is the library’s chief of community services.)

Tyffany Hollenbeck reads to children and parents at the Bruce C. Clark Library Oct. 31. Photo by Sam Campbell.

About Fort Leonard Wood
Fort Leonard Wood is a thriving and prosperous installation that has evolved from a small basic training post more than 75 years ago to a premier Army Center of Excellence that trains more than 82,000 military and civilians each year.

Fort Leonard Wood is home to the U.S Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and three U.S. Army schools: the U.S. Army Engineer School; U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School; and the U.S. Army Military Police School. In addition to training engineer, CBRN and military police specialties for the Army, Fort Leonard Wood also provides gender-integrated in-processing and Basic Combat Training for new Soldiers.

Fort Leonard Wood also hosts and trains with the largest Marine Corps and Air Force detachments on any Army installation as well as a large Navy construction detachment.

More information about Fort Leonard Wood is at: