Summer Reading

As far as the library world goes, I think summer is my favorite time of year. It brings on a nice change of pace from the school year. We often see faces in the summer that we don’t see any other time of year. May, June, and July are by far our busiest months. More people walk through the doors during these months and more materials are borrowed during this time.

Summer Reading Program planning began all the way back when the 2013 program ended. We’ve planned programs, performers, prizes, and promotions. Things are done a bit differently at every branch, but Coffey County Libraries have a program for everyone. Specifically, our programs are divided into four age groups: preschool, grade school, young adult, and adult. You can see a full calendar of events and more information on the website.

New for this summer, participants can record their reading online. It is a simple program that allows for patrons to create an account, then begin recording and tracking their reading progress. It really is very easy. It can even be done on a smartphone. However, if you prefer pen and paper, we will gladly provide you with a paper registration form.

I don’t have time to address the value of summer reading in this article, but summer slide is real. If a student refrains from reading throughout the summer, reading progress is not only stunted, but can actually “slide” backwards. You and your kids worked way too hard during the school year for that to happen. We pair our summer reading programs with fun activities to make sure the program is enjoyable and doesn’t simply seem like more required reading.

This year’s theme is a science theme and I know you will be thoroughly impressed with the creative programs the staff has developed. We can’t wait to see you during your next visit to the library!

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