NORFOLK - An annual summer reading program is debuting a new format, allowing readers to choose their summer adventure.

Enrollment in the Norfolk Public Library's summer reading challenge began on Monday.

Participants will get to do the familiar time-based challenge getting 20 hours of reading in over the summer. But this year they also have the option of choosing different "reading adventures."

Library youth services supervisor Whitney Porn said the new challenge will hopefully offer more flexibility for those who haven't been able to participate before.

"We know not everyone is a reader who has 20 hours of time in their summer," Porn said. "We're looking at the busy parents especially, or those who work odd shifts. Children sometimes need support in their reading, too."

The summer program also features three different creative contests - in art, coloring, and creative writing. Porn said they've found ways to get participants of all ages involved.

"If you've got those younger kids who are creative, and you want to assist them in creative something adventure-themed, whether it's a diorama, or painting, whatever that might look like, they get to do that, too," Porn said. "They do that with family help. The family entry is new and we're looking forward to seeing what the little kids can bring."

The summer's event begin with the Golden Sower Kid Fest on May 31st, where kids will get the chance to meet authors and take part in writing sessions and workshops.

All of the programming is free. More information can be found by visiting the library or clicking on THIS LINK.