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Have Fun This Summer, Read!

Alan Ward
Grand County Libraries

With school out, there is a rest from learning and plenty of free time.

Experts tell us that it is important children continue learning during the summer break, but it should be done in a less structured, more fun-oriented way.

Of particular importance is reading, especially with beginning readers.

“Summer reading ensures reading skills are fresh when students start a new school year,” said Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling in 2008. “We know from the [National Assessment of Educational Progress] that the more time students spend reading, the better they perform.”

One way children can have a fun reading experience is through the Summer Reading Program offered by the Grand County Library Districts at all five branches in the county.

Each year in coordination with the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a country-wide group, a theme is selected to enhance the Summer Reading Program. This year it is “Water.”

“Make a Splash: Read,” is the theme for the gradeschool-aged readers; “Make Waves at Your Library” for teens; and “Water Your Mind: Read” for adults.

For each age group or reading level, goals are set, such as amount of time spent reading or number of books read. When a goal is met, the participant receives a prize. Prizes can include coupons to be redeemed at local merchants, who have been very supportive of the Summer Reading Program over the years.

In conjunction with the Reading Program, each branch provides a program of entertainment and/or education each week.

The Fraser Valley Library offers their programs at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. Juniper Library at Grand Lake has theirs at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, the programs are held at 10:30 a.m. at the Kremmling Library, 1:30 p.m. at the Hot Sulphur Springs Library, then at 4 p.m. at the Granby Library.

For more information about the Summer Reading Program, please contact your local library.

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