DC Public Library Urges Area Students to Read This Summer

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DC Public Library Urges Area Students to Read This Summer

Summer reading program promotes reading for fun

The D.C. Public Library launched its citywide summer reading program today with a day-long celebration featuring activities performances and of course reading. The kick-off and a host of other activities happening this summer are designed to encourage students to read for fun and to emphasize the importance of reading during summer break. Studies show that students risk losing significant gains in reading if they don’t read over the summer.

“Encouraging children and teens to love reading is important to the library year-round,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian of the D.C. Public Library. “In addition, enjoying a book in the summer saves students from losing three months of reading gains made in the previous school year.”

The Library will host 525 reading programs across the District from May 1 to August 31 for children ages birth to 14 and teens ages 12 to 17. "Be Creative @ Your Library," which targets the birth to 14-year-olds features activities like “Fast Freddie the Clown” comedic magic show and Jim Zidar’s “Actors Workshop,” all designed to make reading fun.  The teen program, "Express Yourself @ Your Library" has a book review component where participants are eligible to receive prizes, including Dell computers and MP3 players.

About 60,000 students enrolled in last year’s summer reading program. The library expects that number to increase this year largely due to the current economy

"Library use has increased significantly in part because of the economy,” said Cooper. “Parents will be looking for free programs for their children this summer and they will be able to turn to the library."
The library’s Summer Reading Program also includes activity guides, summer reading lists and other support materials to assist students.