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Free summer reading programs for children and young adults this summer

Joy McCoy
Special to the Sky-Hi News
Grand County CO Colorado

Calvin Ciccarelli at a summer reading program event. Courtesy photo

It’s almost summer, a time to celebrate the reading skills and strategies that students have acquired and practiced all year long. And, of course, it’s also a time to simply enjoy books, to let them excite, inspire, teach, and push us to new ways of thinking.

Studies show that students who do not read during the summer can experience “summer setback,” losing ground in learning. They return to school less ready for the new year than before their summer break. To prevent this, public libraries across Colorado are gearing up to offer summer reading programs for students of all ages, offering special events and other fun activities to promote the enjoyment of reading a good book.

The Grand County Library District is pleased to offer enjoyable summer reading programs that motivate children during their summer vacation. The 2012 summer reading program theme for elementary age children is, “Dream Big, Read!” Children can win fun prizes during the months of June and July for counting and recording the titles of the books they read. Young adults may participate in their “Own the Night”-themed program and earn full-day admission to Winter Park Resort when attaining their reading goals. Families are also welcome to join their local library for free weekly special events, featuring entertainment for all ages.

Registration begins June 1

Stop by your local branch library (Fraser Valley, Granby, Hot Sulphur Springs, Kremmling, and the Juniper Library in Grand Lake) or visit http://www.gcld.org for information about how to keep your children engaged in reading and learning.

For more information, call GCLD Youth Service Specialist Joy McCoy 970-406-0765.

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