As the Department of Defense Summer Reading Program kicks off this week, Bruce C. Clarke librarians are encouraging parents to get their children involved to help safeguard them against the “summer reading slump.”
“Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss,” said Joyce Waybright, library chief of community services. “It is recommended that to retain reading skills for elementary students they should read at least 20 minutes a day.”
This year’s summer reading program, themed “Reading Takes You Everywhere,” is scheduled to run through July 16. Participants can sign up online to record their minutes of reading to reach goals and win prizes.
According to Tyffany Hollenbeck, children’s library technician, all ages are welcome to participate. Patrons can register at brucecclarke.beanstack.org/reader365 now, through the program’s closing date of July 16.
“Depending on the age, the patron will be placed in a program with an appropriate number of minutes as goals and age appropriate prizes,” Hollenbeck said. “We will have a variety of events listed in our newsletters and on the reading website.”
Books may also be in digital print or audio from online sources provided through MWRlibrary.armybiznet.com such as TumbleBooks, Overdrive, and RBdigital ebooks and magazines, Waybright said.
Hollenbeck said at the end of the summer reading program, everyone who has completed the challenge will get entered into the grand prize raffle.
“One winner from each age group is chosen,” she added.
The library will host several events during the summer program which are listed on Page A3.
“Every week the events and Story Time will be based on a different continent until we visit them all,” Hollenbeck said.
For more information, call 573.563.4113.