Be a summer superhero: Read

Not able to leap over tall buildings in a single bound? Outmatched by a locomotive? It’s OK. You can read, and that’s all you need to do to exercise your superpowers this summer at the Fond du Lac Public Library.

Behold! The Power of Reading runs June 1 to August 15, providing rewards and prizes to kids, teens and adults for time spent reading. Registration is simple and starts June 1 online (link coming June 1) or at any library desk. Library staff also will be on hand at the Saturday, June 6, Downtown Farmers Market (look for the booth at Main Street and Forest Avenue), and in Familyland at Walleye Weekend June 12, 13 and 14.

Children, especially, are encouraged to continue reading over summer. Reading helps prevent 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.

A big factor in motivating kids is to allow them to choose the books they’d like to read, according to a recent study at University of Rochester in New York. With more than 60,000 books in its Children’s collection alone, the library has plenty for all.

“Our superhero theme this summer is apt,” said Director Jon Mark Bolthouse. “Kids who read are flexing their agile brains. Adults who read are setting heroically great examples.”

The Behold! program has readers work their way through four reading cards, marking their time off as they go. All reading counts: books, audiobooks, comics, you name it. Turn in a completed card at any library location – downtown, at Journeys at St. Agnes and at FDLPL Express near Festival Foods – and get a reward. (Yes, uber-popular Faris popcorn is back.) Kids who turn in all four reading cards by August 15 pick out a free, new book. Adults are entered into weekly prize drawings, and all teen and adult cards are entered into grand prize drawings held on August 15.

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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