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The drive is on to restock summer bookmobile to keep Craig children reading

Children and families who attended the literary carnival on Thursday were welcomed with empty plastic bags to fill with new and used books. Event organizer — Sagebrush Reading Council — is now asking for donations to restock their summer bookmobile. Pictured perusing the new books given away during the carnival are Audrey Laeher and her brother Carson Laehr.





Children and families who attended the literary carnival on Thursday were welcomed with empty plastic bags to fill with new and used books. Event organizer — Sagebrush Reading Council — is now asking for donations to restock their summer bookmobile. Pictured perusing the new books given away during the carnival are Audrey Laeher and her brother Carson Laehr.
Sasha Nelson

— To help keep children reading through the summer, the Sagebrush Reading Council is looking for donations to help restock their bookmobile.

"Through research and experience from teachers, we are finding that kids suffer a summer loss with their reading," said Amy Jones, co-President of the Sagebrush Reading Council and kindergarten teacher at Sunset Elementary School in Craig.

The Colorado Department of Education has determined that summer reading loss or the "summer slide" impacts children in low-income households to a greater degree than their higher income peers, that the summer slide is cumulative and can have lasting consequences on achievement, according to the Summer Slide Factsheet.

As another way to encourage area children to read, regardless of income, Sagebrush Reading Council uses the bookmobile to give free books to Craig children throughout summer.

"We are trying to help fill in the gap of the summer loss, especially as our district doesn't have a summer school program," Jones said.

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The local reading council hopes to collect a couple hundred books from each elementary school to augment existing supplies and new books purchased with funds from the Colorado Council International Reading Association.

"Last year we made four stops once a week on Wednesdays. … We would probably handout 40 to 50 books and once a month we made a stop at the Boys & Girls Club and gave out many more," Jones said.

To help replenish the summer bookmobile. parents are asked through the end of the school year to drop off new or gently used children's books at bins located at each Elementary school.

"If kids will read as few as 10 books over the summer it will reduce that summer loss," Jones said.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education.

At a Glance

What: Donate new or gently used books.

When: Now until the last day of school on May 25.

Where: Drop-off bins at each elementary school.

For more information: Contact a local elementary school to speak with a member of the Sagebrush Reading Council.