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Why is Summer Reading Important?

A Universe of Stories

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  The school year is coming to a close, and the students are already anticipating lots of summertime activities.  With these activities, come less focus on reading.  There has been lots of research about the effects of students not reading during the summer months.  The research is clear that children who do not read during the summer experience the "summer slide"... causing students to lose up to three months of reading progress and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect.  Please, please encourage your child to read this summer for at least 15-20 minutes per day.

     Our Putnam County Library is offering a summer reading program themed "A Universe of Stories!"  The program will run from June 1 - June 30 with enrollment beginning June 1st at the library. There will be level prizes and several grand prizes.  The grand prizes this year include two bicycles, tickets to Cardinals and Royals games, a family pass to Mark Twain Museums, as well as, tickets to Silver Dollar City.  In addition, every Wednesday morning at 10:00 will be story time and a drawing for prizes from local businesses for those in attendance.  What an awesome way to encourage and motivate kids to keep reading during the summer!