TRUCKEE, Calif. — As I explained back in June, research has shown if your child’s brain remains stagnant without challenge over the summer months, they could lose, on average, 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in math skills and nearly a whole reading level. The Truckee Library summer reading program is the perfect antidote to summer brain drain, helping preserve and even enhance reading levels. Many heeded the call and we had a record-breaking participation levels in our summer reading program: 297 children, between the ages of 5 and 12, signed up to participate. This represents a 12 percent increase over last year. Our Early Reader section saw a whopping 25 percent increase in circulation from last year, as parents of beginning readers heeded the call of the Truckee Reads organized effort to increase reading proficiency in the early grades. More than 50 participants read the full 25 hours necessary to collect the grand prize, a gift certificate to the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks.
There were four special events to help encourage children to keep reading. A magic show kicked off the program in June and a professional storyteller entertained in July. In August, we hosted two animal shows. For the sixth year running, Wild Things, Inc., a nonprofit wildlife rescue organization based in Weimar, entertained and educated a rapt crowd with a baby raccoon and baby coyote, an exotic kinkajou, a toad, and the grand finale: a 15-foot python that we all had an opportunity to “pet.” These are animals that either have injuries that keep them from surviving in the wild or animals that individuals have tried to keep as illegal pets. Lucky attendees at this popular program learned about each individual animal, their personal history, as well as its natural history and importance to the environment. Our final program of the summer featured nocturnal darlings: bats! Corky, accompanied by her furry friends from the NorCal Bats rescue organization, gave a fascinating presentation which gave us all a glimpse into the world of bats.
We would like to give an extra-special thank you to the Friends of the Truckee Library for their generous funding for summer reading program materials, prizes and entertainment and to the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks for their awesome gift certificates. With our constrained library budget situation, the Friends make the summer reading program possible and the Bookshelf help make the experience so much richer for its participants.
Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Ave., 530-582-7846, mynevadacounty.com/library