Library summer reading program coincides with statewide initiative
Registration still open
The Moffat County Libraries are accepting registrations for an annual summer reading program. The program is free for all ages and includes activities and a weekly story-time for children at 11 a.m. every Thursday through Aug. 16 at the Craig branch, 570 Green St. For more information or to register, call the Craig branch at 824-5116, visit the library or visit www.moffat.lib.co.us.
The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries kicked off Independence Day festivities a little early this year.
With small American flags in hand, children marched through the bookshelves Thursday morning, singing “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”
The miniature parade capped off a weekly summer story-time with a Fourth of July flair, complete with a read-aloud of children’s books commemorating the holiday.
Story-time, along with other activities during the library’s summer reading program, are part of a larger effort to keep students turning pages when school is out.
Children who don’t read during the summer are prone to “the summer slide,” or a gradual academic loss, said Christy Gonzales, Moffat County Libraries programs coordinator.
The summer reading program is a “fun way to keep that from happening,” she said.
The program is free and offers prizes for children, teens and adults. It includes a children’s story-time at 11 a.m. every Thursday through Aug. 16.
After that date, regular story-time hours resume at 10 and 11:30 a.m. every Thursday.
Story-time is a popular event for young readers.
“We normally have a pretty good crowd in attendance,” Gonzales said.
The library’s summer program ties in with statewide efforts to get Coloradans reading.
Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and the Colorado State Library issued a challenge to encourage state residents to collectively read 2.75 million pages this summer, or 1.25 million more pages than logged in summer 2011.
Gonzales believes the challenge is a reason to read in itself.
“That’s kind of been an incentive, when you have the whole state working on a common goal,” she said.
Robert Hammond, Colorado commissioner of education, unveiled another project to tie in with Garcia’s initiative, which launched in February.
“Find a Book, Colorado,” offers a free online resource bank for parents, teachers and students to track down books that challenge them and pique their interest.
“Research shows that one reason children do not read enough over the summer is because they have difficulty finding books at their reading level that really interest them,” Hammond said in a news release from the Colorado Department of Education. “That is why we are offering the ‘Find a Book’ website to help students find books that are well-matched to their reading skill level and topic interests.”
For more information about “Find a Book, Colorado,” visit www.lexile.com/findabook.
Registration is still open for the Moffat County Libraries’ reading program. For more information or to sign up, call the Craig branch at 824-5116, visit the library at 570 Green St., or visit www.moffat.lib.co.us.