TRUCKEE, CALIF. — To go along with our early spring, the last day of school is also the earliest in recent memory: Thursday, June 13. The Truckee Library has the perfect way to celebrate that first day of summer vacation. Come on down to the library to sign up for our annual summer reading program.
Regular readers of this space already know that those long, lazy days of summer pose a risk for school-aged children called “summer brain drain.” Research has shown that 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. While the summer reading program might not help much with math skills, it will definitely preserve and even improve reading levels!
This year’s theme is “Reading is So Delicious.” Children, ages 5 to 12, who sign up for the program will receive a special theme-related bookmark and a reading record to keep track of each 10 minutes of reading they do this summer. For every six hours of reading logged, participants will earn a prize. If participants complete 24 hours of reading, they will earn the grand prize: a gift certificate to the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks!
Magic, StORYtelling and Wild Things
The library will hold five free special events throughout the summer on Wednesday afternoons for our reading program participants, including a professional magic show with Bill the Magician in June, multi-cultural storytelling with Izzi Tooinsky and an edible craft program in July, and perennial favorite, Wild Things, Inc. will return again with a winsome group of wild animals to share in August.
The library also will host a stuffed animal sleepover/midnight feast in July. Program participants will be encouraged to drop off their favorite stuffed animal to spend the night at the library. They can pick up their animals the next day, along with photographs of them enjoying the evening festivities.
Back by popular demand for the eighth year is the “Find the Hidden Book” contest that will take place from June 13 to Aug. 14. Each day a gift-wrapped book will be hidden on the shelves somewhere in the children’s wing. The first summer reading program participant to find the book will receive a prize.
Also returning this year will be a summer storytime session for the preschool set. Normally, storytimes are on hiatus during the summer months. For the five Tuesdays in July, preschoolers can enjoy summer stories at 10:30 a.m.
As always, 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. They each help make the experience so much richer for our program participants. We couldn’t do it without their generous support.
So mark your calendars now and plan to drop by the Truckee Library when school lets out to sign up for Reading is So Delicious. It’s a great way for our kids to continue developing their reading skills over the summer months!
The Truckee LIbrary is located at 10031 Levon Ave. in Truckee. Call 530-582-7846 or visit mynevadacounty.com.