School is ending soon but that doesn't mean that reading should stop. Reading during the summer is fun, plus teachers and literacy experts agree that reading throughout the summer helps students retain skills learned during the school year. Reading during the summer has been proven to help curb summer "learning loss" so that children and teens can return to school in the fall ready to pick up where they left off academically. The summer reading kick-off is scheduled for Saturday, June 9th. This year's theme is "Libraries Rock" with programs, activities and PRIZES planned for children from 6 months to teens. The Youth Services Department has great things planned from puppet shows, instrument-making and an after-hours open mic night for teens. Sign up to track your reading at http://summitlibrary.readsquared.com/
For students heading off to camp, or even those staying at home, the Summit Library has multiple copies of all the summer reading required titles. Be sure to come in early to get your first choice for a good summer read. Remember too that some of the titles are also available as eBooks or eAudio through the library's free downloading/streaming link.
Adults, we're not forgetting about you! Summer reading isn't just for kids. Keep track of your summer reading and be eligible to win prizes just like the kids. Sign up at the link above. Remember, the more you read, the better your chances of winning a prize. As in past years, the Friends of the Library have generously purchased Barnes & Noble gift cards as prizes. Other prizes have been provided by the Summit UPS Store, Chipotle, and Joe's Pizza.Susan PermahosDirector, Summit Free Public Library