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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.
Kids Summer Reading Game