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Why Read During Summer Vacation?

In a recent issue of Book Links (May 2009), Dean Schneider, in an article titled "Reading in an Electronic Age", said the following:  "Books are what draw kids to reading in the first place, and they need to have uninterrupted space in their lives to enjoy reading for fun.  As summer approaches, there's no better way to promote the all-important connection between kids and books."

Kalamazoo Public Schools encourages its elementary students to read twenty (20) minutes EACH day of their summer vacation.  As librarians, we, as well as educators, can point to any number of studies that indicate the fact that a child who doesn't read much or at all over a long vacation actually "forgets" how to read and has to re-learn the skill in the fall.  So, Kalamazoo Public Library, in cooperation with the schools, has incorporated the "twenty (20) minutes a day" into its summer reading program for children entering grades 1-4 this fall.

Built around the theme, "Be Creative @Your Library", the Kalamazoo Public Library is offering reading games for people of all ages, beginning on June 11th.  Check the library's website (www.kpl.gov/kids) for more information, or give us a call at 553-7804.

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Kids Summer Reading Game
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http://www.kpl.gov/summer/
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Comments

I am guilty of having not read much (other than required reading) during high school or college. The few books I did read were by accident. They were biographies from my childhood heroes (Abe Lincoln, Larry Bird, Kareem, George Brett etc). Later on I realized how instrumental those were in steering me through life. It kept me out of trouble and helped me make good decisions. In my late 20's someone explained to me how important it is to read and feeding your brain. I don't have enough room to explain everything here but a couple of thoughts on reading: 1. Einstein said you can only solve problems by changing the state in which you created them. He means the more you learn the easier it will be to correct mistakes in life. Otherwise you will be destined to repeating them over and over and over (like almost everyone you know). 2. You become a much more interesting person the more you read. Everyone likes that. You'll be the star at parties :) 3. It stimulates the brain. You need to counteract the brain destruction that most TV does especially reality TV. 4. Exposure. You'll be exposed to more ideas on how to be successful in life, business, relationships, time management, etc. It carries into all facets of your life. 5. You must improve. There is no staying the same. The world is changing everyday. If you don't try to improve, you will fall behind everyone else. I do my best to explain this to my daughter. She reads 30 minutes EVERY day; summer or not. I hope that helps. My best, Erick Founder & CEO
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