Children may while the summer away by jumping into fun and creative free programs and read through their summer days during Pierce County Library System’s Summer Reading program. As the largest provider of reading resources for children in Pierce County, the Library System’s Summer Reading program has something for all children, ages 0-18.
The Summer Reading program for children and teens runs June 20 through Sept. 5 in all 17 library locations and three bookmobiles. More information about the program is available in the libraries and bookmobiles as well as online @ www.piercecountylibrary.org, search site “summer reading.”
“Summer reading is an important and special time,” said Neel Parikh, executive director of Pierce County Library. “For weeks Pierce County Library’s librarians have been visiting all public elementary schools in our service area and unveiling the theme with lots of surprises and celebration.”
For Wee Readers, ages 0-3, the Library encourages parents and caregivers to read with their children. Parents and caregivers may download a reading log and color in a shape for every day they read with their child. When all shapes are colored the child can earn a reading prize at their library.
This year’s theme for kids “Be Creative @ Your Pierce County Library” offers children, ages 3-12, many fun, free programs including learning how to create cartoons, rocking out with musical group Recess Monkey, and exploring magic and wacky inventions with Magician Jeff Evans. When kids read 20 minutes for a total of 10 hours, they earn a prize, which includes a free pass to Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium or Northwest Trek, while supplies last.
This year’s theme for teenagers “Express Yourself @ your Library” offers teens a variety of free programs including playing video and Wii games, rocking with Guitar Hero, and watching Japanese anime DVDs. For every 10 hours a teenager reads, they may enter a drawing to win a Flip Video camcorder, a gift from Pierce County Library Foundation. Teenagers may also earn programs, technology or other rewards for their library. Friends of the Library will sponsor a special project for each library based on the number of hours teens read.
Year-round reading, through the Library’s Summer Reading program, helps prepare children for school in the fall. A Johns Hopkins University study showed that students may lose up to two months of reading skills in the summer, and the loss is higher for children who are already struggling.
Registration may be required for some programs; contact libraries for details. Rotaries of Pierce County are the primary sponsor for Pierce County Library’s Summer Reading program, along with donations to Pierce County Library Foundation and Friends of the Libraries.