Library's summer reading program returns in JuneKids can win prizes for reading this summer through the Dakota County Library System. The summer reading program will kick off June 11 and children and teens are encouraged to take advantage.
By: Emily Zimmer, Rosemount Town Pages
Kids can win prizes for reading this summer through the Dakota County Library System. The summer reading program will kick off June 11 and children and teens are encouraged to take advantage.
Robert Trail Library manager Jamie Jurgenson said kids from birth to age 18 can participate and have some fun.
Kids should go to their local library to sign up. With their registration they will receive a reading record.
Kids can record any time they spend reading or listening. Jurgenson said reading can be done just about anywhere — in bed, in the car or on the beach. Kids will earn prizes for 10 hours and 20 hours of reading. Kids also can complete a game card to be eligible to win a Nook Color eReader. Each branch will give away one Nook.
The teen summer reading program is a little different. Instead of recording their reading, teens will submit book reviews throughout the summer to be eligible for prizes. Prizes include books, gift cards and an iPod Touch at each branch. Teens can pick up a packet at their local library and get a free pass to special events at Cascade Bay Waterpark and the Dakota County Fair.
Jurgenson said reading over the summer is important because it improves reading skills and prevents learning regression, sometimes called “summer slide.”
To further encourage reading the library will host a number of fun programs for children and teens, including storytimes, book groups and activities.
For more information about programs pick up a program at the library or visit the library’s website at co.dakota.mn.us.