Summer 2014: Reading is Brain Food

Summer’s a great time to upgrade the body’s hard drive: the brain. And the best way to do that is to read, read, read. Summer reading programs at the Fond du Lac Public Library – Reading is Brain Food – reward kids, teens and adults for giving their brains a boost. Reading is Brain Food runs June 2 to August 15 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.

“Summer’s the perfect time for kids to open up to the joys that reading can provide,” said Director Jon Mark Bolthouse. “The pressure of school work is lifted, so children can pursue their interests through the library’s collection and variety of free programs. It can be a true time of discovery.”

Signing up for the summer reading programs is easy. Sign up online 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.

Visitors to Familyland at Walleye Weekend June 6, 7 and 8 can sign up for the reading program at the Mad Hatter booth, where library volunteers will be on hand.

Kids turn in reading cards for rewards, and kids who return all four cards by August 15 get to pick out a free, new book. Adults who turn in completed reading cards score bags of Faris popcorn and automatically are entered into weekly prize drawings and a grand prize drawing held on August 16. Teens redeem their completed cards for prizes they can select, plus they’re entered into their own grand prize drawing, held August 16.

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

 

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