Summer Reading Program Begins June 13 at Great River Regional Library

St. Cloud, MN, June 2016: Great River Regional Library (GRRL) will begin its annual Summer Reading Program (SRP) for children and teens ages 0-18 on Monday, June 13, continuing through Saturday, Aug. 13.

Two programs are offered, both with the theme, “Read For The Win.”
The children’s “Read For The Win” program is for ages 0-12.
The teen “Read For The Win” program is for grades 6 through 12.
The children’s program has two age groups: 0 to 3 and age 3 to sixth grade. Families may choose to enroll children ages 3 to 5 in either group.
Children who are 12 may choose to enroll in the children’s program or the teen program.
Children may enroll in only one program. Children sign up for the program at the library. Teens have the option of signing up online at

The goal of the Summer Reading Program is to encourage children to read throughout the summer. Children and teens receive a reading record to track their reading activities. They may read as much as they want and complete as many records as they like. Reading records must be completed and returned to the library by the end of the program in order to be eligible for prize drawings.

Numerous studies have shown the importance of summer reading. Children who do not read during the summer not only fail to build reading skills, but they are likely to lose reading proficiency. This effect has been termed the “summer slide.” The summer slide has cumulative effects over time. It’s estimated that summer slide reading loss accounts for two-thirds of the ninth grade achievement gap in reading between good and poor readers. In contrast, children who do read throughout the summer tend to maintain or even build on their reading skills.
The “Read For The Win” theme was chosen to complement the Olympic competitions taking place this summer. Individual branch libraries across the region will offer fun and educational activities and programs that relate to sports and reading.

Check the events calendar on to find out about special summer programs 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. It provides Central Minnesota residents with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programming and information services.