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Libraries help stop the summer reading slide

Anne Greenwood
Lib Loop

Some students struggle to find reading material that they like. Everything is "boring." Summer is a great time to encourage exploration of new genres.

How about graphic novels (we used to call them comic books), Goosebumps (scary books), the Guinness Book of World Records (strange and fun), or a variety of magazines?

Reading is reading. It need not be highbrow literature to help build vocabulary, gain knowledge, anticipate conclusions or develop concentration.

As a parent, it's important to allow a reluctant reader to explore reading material that you may consider below their level or "junk."

Today's 'Mad Magazine' reader may turn into tomorrow's 'War and Peace' reader. The key is finding material that is easy to assimilate and stokes the reader's interest in continuing.

Incline Village Library

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June 9-10: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Early Voting for the June 14 Nevada primary.

June 9: 4-5 p.m. Paws 2 Read Reading program for children of all ages, proudly presented by Paws 4 Love. Friendly dogs lend a loving, non-judgmental ear to beginning readers. After reading to a gentle dog, children receive a free book.

June 14: 6:30 p.m. Tahoe Talks. Topic – Gun Control. Join guest experts Fred Lokken, TMCC Professor of Political Science; Arnold Brock, TMCC Professor of Criminal Justices; and Lt. Jeff Clark, Washoe County Sherriff's Office and WNCC Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justices, for an evening of conversation on the important topic.

Kings Beach Library

Summer Reading Program: Sign up, read, earn raffle tickets and potentially win one of seven prize baskets! We offer six diverse summer events beginning in July — Magician, Wild Things, Science, Music, Bats, and a wrap up party.

June 9: 2-3 p.m. "Computers with Carl Leblanc." Free Q-and-A session with a computer expert! Learn about trends and more.

June 14: 10:30-11 a.m. Preschool Storytime. "Father's Day" theme. Books, feltboard rhymes, and a craft.

Sierra Nevada College

SNC Poetry Center: The center promotes an appreciation of contemporary American poetry and a program of public readings and workshops by such poets as Poet Laureate of California Juan Filipe Herrera and award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield, as well as a diverse collection of poetry and poets that is open to the public. Call for summer hours.

Truckee Library

Next week: Sign up at the Truckee Library starting on Thursday, June 16, for all the information on free programs, your Reading Bingo card or Froggy Reading Game, and surprises. For ages 3-12, pre-readers and independent readers.

Pre-School Storytimes: These are shifting to a special summer schedule: Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., June 21 through July 26.

Anne Greenwood is Branch Manager at the Kings Beach Public Library.