Summer reading program helps ignite young readers’ imaginations

Adaleigh Proctor, 2, of San Andreas, proves one is never too young to start reading.

Has your child ever wanted to visit an exotic location and play with mythical animals? How about fly to the moon? Ride a whale? Or build a robot?

Area residents can help their children’s imaginations run wild this summer by simply reading a book.

Summer reading programs will begin June 10 at all Calaveras County branch libraries with the theme “It’s show time at the library.”

Summer reading has proven to be an effective tool in keeping young minds active during the break from school.

“Research shows that children can lose up to two months of learning over summer break,” said Nancy Giddens, Calaveras County librarian. “Reading during the summer helps students maintain their levels, and maybe even improve them, in reading and math.”

The Calaveras County Library summer reading program measures the number of minutes a child reads or is read to by a parent or sibling, thus assuring all levels of readers succeed.

Prizes are awarded for minute benchmarks met and can include pizza certificates, stickers, movie tickets and more.

Sign-up sheets and reading logs are available at local library branches.

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