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Summertime at Tahoe means beaches, barbecues – and books!

Special to the Sun

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — School is almost out and many students, as well as their families, can take a sigh of relief as crazy schedules make way for slower days at the beach.

Summer is definitely a time for soaking in the sun and playing, but it is also important to keep students engaged in enriching activities, especially reading.

Studies have shown that young people experience learning loss — in some cases, more than two months of reading progress — when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.

This loss can have a cumulative effect year-over-year, ultimately affecting a student's academic success and potentially their success in the workforce later in life.

In contrast, those who read over the summer come back to school ready to learn, typically with an increase in their reading level, visualization, language, thinking skills and vocabulary.

Thanks to Tahoe Truckee Reads and the efforts of a multitude of local organizations, there are many educationally-based summer programs available to local kids this summer at minimal to no cost.

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A sampling of some of these summer programs includes:

Public Library Programs

This summer's national public library theme is "Read for the Win," in celebration of the summer Olympics.

Local public library branches in Tahoe City, Kings Beach and Truckee will host summer reading programs that include incentives for reading and special events for participants. Bring your young readers to the library to sign-up and join the fun.

Elementary School Library Programs

Tahoe Lake and Truckee Elementary Schools are opening their libraries for students and families to enjoy. Tahoe Lake Elementary library will open Wednesday mornings from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. from June 22 to July 27.

New this year, Truckee Elementary will open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. from July 11 to August 5. This offering provides a fun morning outing where students can come visit their school library, take an Accelerated Reader (AR) test, and check out new reading material for the week.

Neighborhood Reading Programs

Local teachers once again are offering reading time, literacy activities and books for children on select weekdays during the summer months at locations including Donner Creek Mobile Home Park, Truckee Pines Apartments, Henness Flats Apartments in Truckee, the Kings Beach Housing, and Tahoe Vista Pocket Park.

This year's neighborhood reading program is generously supported by grants from the Martis Camp Community Foundation and the Sierra Sun.

These programs are just a few of the opportunities available this summer. Fold these activities into your emergent reader's summer fun.

For more details on summer programs, visit TahoeTruckeeReads.org or call Excellence in Education Foundation at 530-550-7984.

This article was provided by the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation. Visit ExinEd.org to learn more.