Summer Reading Program 2010: A wild wrap-up |

Summer Reading Program 2010: A wild wrap-up

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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; 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 our largest level of participation ever for our summer reading program: 266 children, between the ages of 5 and 12, signed up. One hundred fifty-seven participants collected more than 400 prizes for every five hours of reading they tallied. Collectively, those hours represent more than 2,000 hours of summer reading! Forty-three participants read the full 25 hours necessary to collect the grand prize, a gift certificate to the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks.

There were monthly events during the heart of the summer to help encourage children to keep reading. Movies, magic, arts and crafts and even wild animals were enjoyed by summer reading program participants and their parents. The favorite program by far, for the fourth year in a row, was the wild animal show, brought to us by Wild Things, Inc., a nonprofit wildlife rescue organization based in Weimar. The novelty of wild animals in the library is just too delicious to pass up. I always think of my all-time favorite alphabet book, Graeme Base’s and#8220;Animalia,and#8221; and his and#8220;lazy lions lounging in the local library.and#8221; No lions this year, but we were visited by a barn owl, a spider monkey, a giant iguana, a fox, and even a rattlesnake! These are animals have injuries that keep them from surviving in the wild or are animals that people have tried to keep as illegal pets. Lucky attendees at this popular program learned about each individual animal, their personal 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. With our constrained library budget situation, the Friends make the summer reading program possible and the Bookshelf help make the experience so much richer for its participants.

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.

Bookshelf’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 D’Toole

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