School’s out and what’s a better way to start the summer than registering for summer reading! Summer reading programs are open to all ages from infants through adults at all four branches of the Mesa Public Library. The program starts on June 1 and continues through July 31. There will be kickoff events at three of the branches June 1:
- Main Library, 64 E. 1st St., 10 to 11 a.m.
- Red Mountain Branch, 635 N. Power Road, 10 to 11 a.m. Vice Mayor David Luna will be participating in this event.
- Dobson Ranch Branch, 2425 S. Dobson Road, 1 to 2 p.m.
“Most people don’t realize that our summer reading programs are open to adults as well as children,” Mesa Librarian Cherise Mead said. “We want to make summer reading a family affair and encourage parents to join in on reading with their kids.”
Studies have shown that students who participate in a summer reading program have better reading skills at the end of third grade and score higher on standardized tests than students who do not participate. Summer reading loss is also cumulative – by the end of sixth grade, children who consistently lose reading skills over the summer will be two years behind their classmates. Reading just five books over the summer can prevent summer learning loss.
All participants will need to register online: www.MesaLibrary.org/summerreading to log their reading hours. Every minute spent reading equals one point. Earn 1,000 points to complete the program and receive a free book. Participants can also earn points and virtual badges by attending library programs. Weekly drawings and prizes will also be at the library. View all the events online at www.MesaLibrary.org.