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Friends of the Truckee Library: One World, Many Stories Summer Reading Program

Teri Andrews Rinne
Special to Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Now that itand#8217;s finally starting to feel like spring, our thoughts turn immediately to summer as the last day of school approaches. The Truckee Library has the perfect way to celebrate that first day of summer vacation: Come on down to the library to sign up for our annual summer reading program. Regular readers of this space already know the long, lazy days of summer pose a risk for school-aged children called and#8220;summer brain drain.and#8221; Research has shown if your childand#8217;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 yearand#8217;s theme is One World, Many Stories. Children, ages 5 to12, who sign up for the program will receive a special theme-related bookmark and a reading record with 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!

The library will hold monthly special events throughout the summer, including a professional magic show with Bill the Magician in June, multi-cultural storytelling with Izzi Tooinsky in July, and an encore visit by wild animals from all around the world with Wild Things, Inc. in August. All programs are free and open to the public.

Also, back by popular demand for the sixth year in a row is the and#8220;Find the Hidden Bookand#8221; contest that will take place from June 22 to Aug. 18. Each day a gift-wrapped book will be hidden on the shelves somewhere in the childrenand#8217;s wing. The first summer reading program participant to find the book will receive a prize.

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 couldnand#8217;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 One World, Many Stories. Itand#8217;s a great way for our kids to continue developing their reading skills over the summer months!

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Check out the Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Ave., 530-582-7846, mynevadacounty.com/library.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com