For the last few weeks, schools have been letting out. Summer vacation has officially begun for kiddos across the South Sound, and with it, the old foe: boredom.
If you haven’t gotten your kids (our yourself) involved in summer reading through your local library in the past, make this the year that you do. A semi-structured summer reading program can be great for kids of all ages because it prevents the “summer slide” — loss of reading skills while school isn’t in session.
Research shows that children and teens retain their reading skills when they are encouraged to read for their own enjoyment, which means selecting their own reading material. That’s what’s great about summer reading: It doesn’t matter what you read, so long as you’re reading something.
Pierce County Library System offers incentives through each of its local libraries to encourage people of all ages to read throughout the summer. Twenty minutes a day adds up over the summer, and participants can earn prizes the more they read.
Tomorrow from 12 to 2 p.m. at the South Hill Library, there will also be a summer reading carnival featuring giant bubbles, art, an alien costume contest, life size games, and more.
Not in Pierce County? No worries: You don’t need to be a resident or even have a Pierce County Library card to participate.
Summer reading officially began on June 1 and will go through August 31. Sign up online at summerreading.pcls.us.