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Summer Reading Program: Battling the summer brain drain

Teri Andrews Rinne
Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. — As I explained back in June, 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.

The Truckee Library summer reading program is the perfect antidote to summer brain drain, helping preserve and even enhance reading levels.

Many heeded the call and we had the second largest participation level ever with 328 children, between the ages of 5 and 12, signed up to participate.

Nearly 40 participants read the full 25 hours necessary to collect the grand prize, a gift certificate to the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks.

There were special events during the heart of the summer to help encourage children to keep reading: a magic show, a juggling storytelling performance, a music show and a wild animal finale.

For the ninth year running, Wild Things, Inc., a nonprofit wildlife rescue organization based in Weimar, was a crowd favorite. This year they showcased a snake, a frog, a one-eyed owl, a kinkajou, an adolescent coyote and Izod, an alligator with attitude.

These are animals that either have injuries that keep them from surviving in the wild or animals that individuals have tried to keep as illegal pets.

Lucky attendees at this popular program learned about each individual animal and itspersonal history, as well as its natural history and importance to the environment.

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.

The Friends make the summer reading program possible, and the Bookshelf help make the experience so much richer for its participants.

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.