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Summer Reading Prevents Loss of Skill in Children

Posted: Saturday, June 16th, 2018 at 6:23 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

Libraries rock this time of year with summer reading programs.

The Washington Public Library has programs for all ages from young children up through adults. Library director Bryna Walker recommends children read for a little bit each night during their break away from school, “It keeps kids reading during the summer which is obviously a very important thing for kids going back in the fall. Kids tend to lose at least two months of reading skill if they don’t read over the summer. So, I encourage them as a teacher and librarian to read each night for at least 15 minutes for the younger grades to keep their brain focusing on those letter structures, sound, vocabulary, comprehension.”

Reading cards, similar to Bingo cards, can be picked up at the library to get kids engaged in reading this summer. The goal for adults is to read six books by August 1st. There are prize incentives for all ages.