Summer Reading Programs Begin June 4 at Great River Regional Library

Summer Reading Programs Begin June 4 at Great River Regional Library

St. Cloud, MN, May 2012: Great River Regional Library (GRRL) will begin its annual Summer Reading Program (SRP) for children and teens ages 0-18 on Monday, June 4, continuing through Saturday, Aug. 4.

The SRP is beginning one week earlier in 2012 than in previous years so that children in all school districts can begin their summer reading as soon as school is out. Previously, the program began in mid-June, but many children are eager to begin the program as soon as possible and parents and library staff want to seize that enthusiasm.

Three programs are offered: “Dream Big, Read” for babies/toddlers ages 0 to 3 and their parents; “Dream Big, Read” for children ages 3 to 12; and “Own The Night” for children and teens in grades 6 through 12. Libraries across the region are planning and scheduling programs to match the themes.

The goal of the SRP is to encourage young readers to continue reading during the summer months. Numerous studies have shown that reading over the summer prevents a loss of reading skills while away from school. Children who enroll in library summer reading programs maintain or improve their reading skills more than those who do not.

Visiting and vacationing children who do not live in the GRRL area are welcome to participate in the SRP. All books and reading materials count for the program, even materials that do not belong to the 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.