Libraries statewide sponsor summer reading programs to encourage literacy skills
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PHOENIX – As the last school bell rings for the 2015-2016 school year, students can keep their reading skills up by reading at least 20 minutes a day. Libraries throughout the state are hosting summer reading programs for all ages. Create a friendly rivalry between parents and children, friends and family to see who can read the most minutes.
“Just because you’re an adult, that doesn’t mean summer reading isn’t for you,” said Secretary of State Michele Reagan, whose office manages the State Library. “It’s important for children to see their parents and adult role models reading.”
Many library programs are participating in the State Library Summer Reading Program, available online at www.azsummerreading.org. There, readers are able to record and track their number of minutes read and earn virtual badges. Libraries not participating in the online program are tracking reading minutes in other ways. Some libraries are offering prizes for various milestones. The state’s summer reading program is made possible with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
If going to the library doesn’t fit into your schedule, many libraries have free eBook lending programs. Download books to read on your tablet, smart phone or eReader applications. The State Library offers free eBooks online at www.ReadingArizona.org.
Last year, more than 130,000 summer reading program participants read nearly 1 million hours.
Check out the services and programs offered by your local library today!