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Make a Splash: Read! Summer Reading Program at the Truckee Library

Teri Andrews Rinne
Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; As the school year winds down to a close, thoughts inevitably turn to the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. (As I write this, on the cusp of Memorial Day weekend, it is snowing outside my window, so the concept of summer seems a bit unreal, yet very welcome!) The Truckee Library has the perfect way to celebrate the first day of summer vacation: Come on down to the library to sign up for our annual summer reading program. Did you know that 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 during 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 with math skills, it will definitely preserve and even improve reading levels!

This yearand#8217;s theme is Make a Splash: Read! 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 hour 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, an after-hours movie night at the library in July and an encore visit by wild animals to the library with Wild Things, Inc. in August. All programs are free and open to the public.

Also, back by popular demand for the fifth year is the and#8220;Find the Hidden Bookand#8221; contest that runs June 15 to Aug. 13. 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.

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 enrich the experience so much for our program participants.

Mark your calendars now and plan to drop by the Truckee Library when school lets out. Sign up for Make a Splash: Read!. Itand#8217;s a great way for our youth to continue developing their reading skills over the summer months! And summer will come, I promise…

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Library Hours

Monday 10:30 a.m –6 p.m.

Tuesday 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Storytimes on summer hiatus starting June 5

Bookshelfand#8217;s Dry Camp Book Club at the Library

Meets monthly at the Library. Participants at the book group meeting will receive a coupon for 15 percent off a one-time book purchase at the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks. Everyone is welcome.–

Now on display at the library

Portraits by Truckee artist Raphael Jolly

Above the Fireplace: Sand Harbor in oils by Linda Dand#8217;Toole