Thursday, June 4, 2009

Summer reading helps kids keep skills

Research indicates that students experience significant learning losses during the summer months, but that children who read during the summer retain reading and learning skills better than those who don't. To curb learning loss, and to provide some fun activities, Fauquier County Public Library is presenting a series of free programs that will engage participants and encourage reading over the summer months.

Registration for the programs — Be Creative for children and Express Yourself for students entering sixth grade or higher — is underway now at all Fauquier libraries. Weekly programs and special events — many of which the whole family can enjoy — begin June 20 and continue through Aug. 15.

As an incentive, children and teens may log in the number of books they read each week online or at their library to earn a chance to spin a prize wheel. Registrants set their own personal reading goals based on the types of books they like to read and how many books they plan to complete by Aug. 15.

The library's goal is for participants to collectively read 27,000 books before the programs end. Prizes are awarded whenever books are logged into personal reading logs and participants may earn a chance for an additional prize wheel spin each week by completing fun activities.

There are reading suggestions for children and teens on all kinds of topics. The library also posts the summer reading lists of local area schools when available. Be sure to also check out http://kiddosphere.blogspot.com/ for book, CD and DVD reviews for parents and children and Library Lounging for teens.

Two other summer programs are notable this year. Letterboxing — a kind of treasure hunt involving the whole county — is continuing through the summer for all ages and has been fortified with new locations and clues. Letterboxing is a great family activity.

A Wii for Seniors series completes the full spectrum of summer programs at the library. Wii for Seniors will be hosted every other week beginning Friday, June 19. Teen volunteers will be on hand to teach seniors how to play tennis, bowl, or ski in a virtual environment.

The library’s summer reading programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Fauquier Library and supported by D.C. United, Warrenton Burger King, Papa John’s Pizza, Chick-Fil-A, & Five Guys and the Marshall McDonalds.

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