Read to the Rhythm at the Truckee Library this summer | SierraSun.com

Read to the Rhythm at the Truckee Library this summer

Teri Andrews Rinne
Special to the Sun

The Truckee Library has the perfect way to celebrate that first day of summer vacation on Tuesday, June 16. Come on down to the library to sign up for our annual summer reading program.

Regular readers of this space already know that those long, lazy days of summer pose a risk for school-aged children called "summer slide."

Research has shown that if your child's brain remains stagnant without challenge over the summer months, they could lose, on average, 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in math skills and nearly a whole reading level.

While the summer reading program might not help much with math skills, it will definitely preserve and even improve reading levels.

This year's theme is Read to the Rhythm. Children, ages 5 to12, who signs up for the program will receive a theme-related bookmark, a reading record and 50 stickers to keep track of each 30 minutes of reading they do this summer.

For every five hours of reading logged, participants will earn a prize. If participants complete 25 hours of reading, they will earn the grand prize: a gift certificate to the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks.

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The library will hold four free special events throughout the summer on Wednesday afternoons for our reading program participants, including a professional magic show with Bill the Magician in June, multi-cultural storytelling with Izzi Tooinsky in July, and two programs in August — a music show and the always-popular wild animal show.

The library also hosts wild animals of a softer nature at the stuffed animal sleepover in July. Program participants will be encouraged to drop off their favorite stuffed animal to spend the night at the library. They can pick up their animals the next day, along with photographs of their stuffed animals enjoying the evening festivities.

And not to forget our favorite domesticated animals, the RUFF Reading Program is back for its second year. This program is designed to help new readers develop confidence by reading to a therapy dog from the Truckee-Tahoe Humane Society.

Also back by popular demand for its tenth year is the "Find the Hidden Book" contest. Each day a gift-wrapped book will be hidden on the shelves somewhere in the children's wing.

The first summer reading program participant to find the book will receive a prize. It's a great way for kids to discover new areas of the library (and hopefully, new books to read) that they might otherwise miss.

As always, we would like to give an extra-special thank you to the Friends of the Truckee Library for their generous funding for summer reading program materials, prizes and entertainment and to the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks for their awesome gift certificates.

They each help make the experience so much richer for our program participants. We couldn't do it without their generous support.

So mark your calendars now and plan to drop by the Truckee Library when school lets out to sign up for Read to the Rhythm. It's a great way for our kids to continue developing their reading skills over the summer months!

Teri Andrews Rinne is the children's services librarian at the Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Ave. Call 530-582-7846 or visit mynevadacounty.com/library.