Mesa Public Library is participating in the countywide Summer Reading Program June 1-Aug. 1, encouraging people of all ages to read at least 20 minutes a day.
This year’s theme is “Oceans of Possibilities,” encouraging pre-readers through adults to explore the many stories from under the sea, according to a release.
“Most people don’t realize our summer reading programs are open to adults as well as children. That’s why we want to make summer reading a family affair and encourage parents to join in on reading with their kids,” Polly Bonnett, Mesa library director, said in the release. “Reading over the summer is vital for children to keep up their reading fluency and comprehension skills.”
There will be kickoff events at all three Mesa Library branches June 1:
Participants can earn online badges to keep a healthy competition with family and friends. A link to register and get information on prizes is available at mesalibrary.org/summerreading. You can also log your reading hours. Every minute spent reading equals one point.
There are prizes for all ages when they log 250, 500, 750 and 1000 points. Based on point levels, prizes include restaurant coupons, Arizona State Parks passes, Phoenix Mercury tickets and free books. All prizes and coupons are subject to availability while supplies last. Readers who finish the program with 1000 points will be entered for numerous raffle prizes
The program plays a vital role in helping to reduce the “summer slide” or the learning loss experienced while transitioning between school years, the release states.
Studies have shown that students who participate in a summer reading program have better reading skills at the end of the third grade and score higher on standardized tests than students who do not participate. Summer reading loss is also cumulative - by the end of sixth grade; children who consistently lose reading skills over the summer will be two years behind their classmates. Reading just five books over the summer can prevent summer reading loss.
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