The Kansas City, Kan., Public Libraries are preparing for the 2013 Summer Reading Club and its theme, "Dig into Reading."
Last year, more than 2,000 children and teens participated in the library's summer reading program.
This year's eight-week summer reading club for children of all ages runs from June 1 to July 31 and has the theme, "Dig into Reading at Your Library."
Teens are invited to participate in their own summer reading club, "Beneath the Surface."
Both programs encourage youth to dig into a good book and explore the world around them. The goal for children is to read or listen for at least 1,000 minutes, which averages to about 20 minutes per day. The goal for teen readers is to read for 500 minutes.
In addition to encouraging an interest in reading, summer reading clubs are important in reducing summer learning loss, a common phenomenon when children are out of school for several months during the summer, according to a library spokesman. Reading for pleasure keeps youth engaged in learning throughout the summer and helps them develop a love of learning.
Kansas is one of 47 state library organizations across the country involved in the Collaborative Summer Library program. It is especially important during these tough economic times to build partnerships with other libraries and it has helped the Kansas City, Kan., library system sustain summer reading programs by allowing Kansas libraries to purchase discounted promotional materials and reading incentives.
Free summer youth programming:
Children are encouraged to visit the library regularly during the summer to attend a variety of free activities. An effort is made to develop programs appealing to different ages, backgrounds, and tastes. Youth services staff organize and provide the majority of story times, crafts and related activities, and professional performers are contracted to present more specialized programs throughout the summer.
The library offers a special fine forgiveness program for youth 17 and under during the months of June and July that feature the library lizard mascot RU Reading. These special RU Reading dollars can be earned by reading, attending library programming events and checking out books from one of the library’s five branches. RU Reading dollars can then be used to pay off overdue fines on children’s and young adult library cards so that young readers and library users can keep their cards in good standing. SRP participants can earn a maximum $100 in RU Reading dollars to be used towards fine payment or to purchase store prizes and/or school supplies from their neighborhood branches.
Effect on children:
Reading during the summer months positively affects children’s ability to retain the knowledge they learn during the school year. It also gives children an opportunity to read for pure enjoyment, without worrying about class reading assignments, pre-selected lists or other limitations. Children, who learn to read what they want, when they want, as much as they want, develop a much more profound love of reading and literature. Encourage children and teens to participate in the summer reading program. For more information, contact Kim Patton, 913-279-2128 or email@example.com
Adult summer reading 'Ground Breaking Reads'
Adults are encouraged to model good behavior by participating in the Kansas City, Kan., Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program, Ground Breaking Reads. Adults can pick up and turn in reading logs at each branch and all five branches will be giving away a Nook Reader to one luck adult reader who completes the program. For more information about the Adult Summer Reading Program contact Rita Miziorko at 913-279-2067 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.kckpl.org.
- Story from Kansas City, Kan., Public Libraries