School is almost out for the summer around New Mexico. Are you looking for activities to keep the kids busy this summer? Do you want to help them retain what they learned last year and be ready for the next school year? Many public libraries around the state are offering summer reading programs that include prizes and fun programs. According to the American Library Association, “benefits to readers in a summer reading program include: encouragement that reading become a lifelong habit, reluctant readers can be drawn in by the activities, reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up, the program can generate interest in the library and books.” The following list includes information about local summer reading programs:
- Rio Rancho Public Library- Registration for the “Escape the Ordinary” summer reading program is now open. Readers can begin logging their books on June 1 and the program closes on July 31 at midnight. Readers earn a prize for every five books read. A calendar of summer reading programs for children, teens, and adults is available online. The kick-off party is June 1 at 4pm at the Lomo Colorado Main Library.
- Albuquerque Bernalillo County Libraries- The summer reading program runs from May 30-July 25. Registration is available at any ABC library branch and each registered reader will receive a bookmark, reading log, and a schedule of events. Readers set their own reading goals and can visit the library every week for a prize. There will be a grand prize winner for tween readers (age 9-12) at each branch and a system-wide grand prize winner for teen readers. Weekly and grand prize drawings will be held at each branch for adult readers. A calendar of events is available online.
- Farmington Public Library- Registration for the “Jolt your Journey” summer reading program is now open; readers can log books from June 1-July 31. Children (toddler-grade 5) read 15 books and weekly prize drawings will begin on June 19. Event shirts can be picked up at the library beginning on August 10. Teens (age 13-19) will read five books. An event brochure is available online.
- Corrales Public Library- Registration begins on May 18. The 150 registered children will receive a book bag. Super hero cards will be used to record books and prize drawings will be held during every Tuesday program. The grand prize of two children’s bikes will be at the July 21 program. A list of events is available online.
- Placitas Community Library- The “Every Story has a Hero” summer reading program runs from May 2-July 24. The program is available for children up to age 12. Readers will receive a reading folder and will receive stickers to put on their award ribbon in the children’s area of the library. An event flyer is available online.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction published additional information about the importance of summer reading programs, including “summer reading programs in public libraries usually encourage readers, especially those who are struggling, to use alternate formats such as magazines, recorded books, graphic novels, and material on the Internet.” Summer reading programs benefit children and their families as well as the local public library. Ths summer, consider joining your local summer reading program!
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