"One World, Many Stories" summer reading club
July 12, 2011
The Park City and Summit County libraries are offering children, teen and adult reading clubs through August.
Dan Compton, Summit County Library director, said the library offers a summer reading program in each of its branches. The program is nationally recognized with libraries throughout the country participating.
Compton said it’s important to encourage reading over the summer.
"We have a goal set of having 2,000 hours read for the children’s program by Aug. 14 for the Kimball Junction branch," he said.
This year "One World, Many Stories" is the children’s reading-club theme. Children keep track of how many hours they’ve read and, after 10 hours of recorded reading, they get a prize.
Compton said the great thing about the program is that everyone is welcome. And he likes the idea of getting kids excited about reading.
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"We do an end-of-the-summer party and the kids can come in August with all their hours read," Compton said.
This summer the library is offering a special program associated with the reading club.
According to Compton, last week a magician performed a magic show and this week an educator will be at the library with cold-blooded creatures, teaching kids about lizards, snakes, spiders and critters.
"It fits into the ‘One World, Many Stories’ theme because its reptiles from all over the world," he said.
The Park City Library is also offering a similar reading club this summer.
Heather Reynolds, Park City youth services librarian, said the library has the same theme as the Summit County Library.
Reynolds explained that kids just need to sign up and start reading. For every hour a child reads, they stick an African animal on the world map in the library.
According to Reynolds, there is also a teen reading club for 12-year-olds to 18-year-olds.
The teens must read eight books to be entered into a drawing to win a digital camera or Dolly’s Bookstore gift certificate for $50, Reynolds explained.
Last month there were more than 80 children and six teens who participated. Reynolds said the best part about the program is that it keeps students reading all summer.
"There are a ton of studies out there that say that kids who don’t read in the summer lose the progress they’ve made during the school year," Reynolds said.
She said that giving kids the opportunity to read about the things they are interested in is a great way to make reading fun.