The Library District provides free programming resources to youth and families throughout the year. During Summer reading, the emphasis is on programs to encourage children to read for fun. Research confirms that children who participated in a summer reading program are less likely to lose their literacy skills over summer and return to school better prepared.
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The 2010 program ends July 18. This year’s theme is “Make a Splash--READ” and there is still time for children from ages birth through 18 years old to participate. In 2009, 63,000 children were reached (47,000 in 2008). The 2010 goal is to reach 63,000 again by offering the program in 26 locations (16 District libraries plus 10 affiliate libraries in
Last summer a new online program was launched that made it possible for children to post reviews of books they read during the program. More than 90,000 book reviews were posted (73,640 from ages 5-12). The large number demonstrated the children not only read books but were so engaged that they wanted to share their opinions. The book reviews reinforce reading comprehension and writing skills.
For more information about the Maricopa Country Library District’s Summer Reading Program, visit www.mcldaz.org or call 602-652-3000.