Page Public Library kicks off summer reading program

Kids sign up for the summer reading program at Page Public Library on May 27.

More than 300 people attended the launch of Page Public Library’s summer reading program on May 27. 

 Did you know that children who don’t read over the summer lose three months of reading comprehension? This so-called summer slide is the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year.

Page Public Library offers a well-established summer reading program that encourages kids, teens and adults to read over the summer, and it’s free. Reading just five books over the summer can prevent summer slide.

Reading empowers critical thinking skills. It can enhance empathy and lead to greater understanding of people who are different from ourselves, and it can help us appreciate other points of view. Reading for pleasure is one of the building blocks needed for young people to grow into healthy, productive adults.

The library’s main objective is to keep people reading during the summer.  

The summer program will run through July 29. Participants will receive prizes for reading a certain number of books and will be invited to a big reading party at the end of the summer, where they could win some amazing grand prizes.

For more information, contact the Page Public Library at 928-645-4270 or visit pagepubliclibrary.org.

The May 27 kick-off event was sponsored by First Things First. First Things First is Arizona’s early childhood agency, with programs and resources to support great childhoods. Page Fire Department also cooked up great-tasting hot dogs, which were donated by Safeway and Wal-Mart. 

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