Summer Reading Program 2017 begins at Great River Regional Library

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (June 1, 2017) – Great River Regional Library will begin the annual Summer Reading Program (SRP) on Monday, June 12, continuing through Saturday, Aug. 12.

The theme of this year’s program, Reading By Design, takes an interdisciplinary approach to literacy; it celebrates not only the ingenuity of authors, but also artists, builders, inventors, architects and other creators who strive to strengthen the world we live in.

In keeping with this theme, GRRL has prepared a diverse offering of programs for ages 0-18 throughout the GRRL system. From LEGOs and wire sculpture design to hands-on exhibits on wildlife and building electrical circuits, the goal of this year’s Summer Reading Program is to show how much fun learning of is, all year long.

The purpose of the SRP is to defeat the summer slide – the tendency for students to lose their academic footing during the break from the classroom. This phenomenon affects children from lower income families in particular, leaving them even further behind their peers come fall.

Children and teens ages 0-18 will receive a reading record to track their activities. These reading records must be completed and returned to the library by the end of the program in order to be eligible for prize drawings.

Check the events calendar on www.griver.org to find out about SRP activities and events at your local library.

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. GRRL supplies Central Minnesota residents with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programming and information services.