Why read this summer? It's rewarding!

In Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, Howard Carter found the tomb of King Tut. Kathleen Kenyon’s excavation on the banks of the Jordan River unearthed Jericho, the world’s oldest city. Peter Brown and Michael Morwood found traces of ancient Hobbit-like people in Indonesia.

Sure, Howard, Kathleen, Peter and Michael were great at digging. But what made them really remarkable is they followed their passions – they really dug ancient cultures.

Summer’s a great time for all of us to make discoveries and delve deeper into the things we love. The 2013 summer reading programs at the Fond du Lac Public Library – Dig Into Reading – rewards kids, teens and adults for just that. Dig Into Reading runs June 10 to August 3 and provides rewards and prizes for time spent reading.

Children, especially, are encouraged to continue reading when school’s out. Reading helps prevent summer learning loss, when kids turn up in September knowing less than they did in June. According to the Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction, kids who read over summer not only stem the loss, they often make gains in certain areas.

“Kids who learn how to entertain themselves with books are lucky,” said Director Jon Mark Bolthouse. “They fuel their brains and follow their interests. Parents of these kids are luckier still. With a library card, the kids have access to hours upon hours of free entertainment.”

Summer at the library is more than just reading. Free programs for all ages include professional entertainers, daytime and nighttime movies and lots of hands-on fun and learning.

Signing up for the summer reading programs is easy. Starting June 10, the summer reading online signup will go live. Or visit any of the three library locations – the Main Library downtown, Journeys at St. Agnes Hospital (near the coffee shop) and FDLPL Express near Festival Foods – to sign up in person. You’ll receive the first of four reading cards to fill up and return to the library for prizes (kids, teens and adults all have prizes selected for their age groups).

Kids who return all four cards by August 3 get to pick out a free, new book. Adults who turn in completed reading cards automatically are entered into additional weekly prize drawings and a grand prize drawing held on August 5. Teens redeem their completed cards for prizes they can select, plus they’re entered into their own grand prize drawing, also held August 5.

Summer at the library is more than just reading. Free programs for all ages include professional entertainers, daytime and nighttime movies and lots of hands-on fun and learning. The full roster is available 24/7 at the Calendar.

The Fond du Lac Public Library supports a high quality of life in Fond du Lac through reading, lifelong learning and community involvement. There are three locations: Main Library, 32 Sheboygan St.; FDLPL Express, near Festival Foods; and Journeys at St. Agnes, inside the hospital.

 

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