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 Aug. 1. There will be kickoff events at three of the branches June 1 from 10 a.m. to noon:
Main Library, 64 E. 1st St. Musical events for children of all ages. Mayor John Giles is scheduled to participate.
Red Mountain Branch, 635 N. Power Road. The Summer Reading program gets off to a rocking start with a Pete the Cat-themed concert by The Polka Dots, a local children's band. After the show, we'll have activity stations to explore and enjoy.
Dobson Ranch Branch, 2425 S. Dobson Road. Sign up for the Summer Reading program and make your own musical instrument.
"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 6th 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 at www.MesaLibrary.org/summerreading to log their reading hours. Every minute spent reading equals one point. There are various prizes and coupons available, while supplies last, when achieving certain point levels. Participants can also earn points and virtual badges by attending Library programs. Weekly drawings and prizes will also be held at the Library. Earn 1,000 points to complete the program and receive a free book. People earning 1,000 points are also eligible for a drawing to win Kindle Fire tablets. You can view all the events posted online at www.MesaLibrary.org.
Contact: Kevin Christopher