Summer Reading Program kicks off in Port Orchard, Manchester

Kitsap Regional Library’s 2013 Summer Reading Program kicked off with parties June 1 at Port Orchard and Manchester.

The Summer Reading Program is a major early literacy initiative of KRL, which devotes thousands of hours and dollars to the program.

Educational research shows that children who don’t read during the summer between school years tend to loose reading proficiency from one  grade to the next.

Manager of Youth Services Shannon Peterson said children who read only 10 hours during the summer break retain or improve their reading proficiency from grade to grade.

“Vacation reading programs are essential for students to avoid the ‘summer slide,” Peterson said. “Research overwhelmingly shows that access to books and learning opportunities has a huge impact in helping children retain grade level comprehension.

She said summer is the when the most reluctant readers can pursue any passion or curiosity, be it medieval catapults, hamster care, or what kind of mischief Calvin and Hobbes are up to.

“Our librarians are specially trained to help you find not just any book, but the right book for you, Peterson said. “With a slate of incredible programs to boot, you'll have a blast, too!”

Children and teens can register for the Summer Reading Program at one of KRL’s nine branches or online at our digital branch, Participants who read at least 10 hours during the summer and submit their reading tracker to the library can receive a free book and a ticket to the 2013 Kitsap Fair and Stampede. Participants who read 100 hours or more during the program get a special 100-hour reader T-shirt.

KRL’s Summer Reading Program is generously supported by the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede, which has made 4,000 tickets available as incentive prizes to encourage children and teens to complete the program. The value of those tickets is estimated at a total of $28,000.

The library also receives financial support for the program from the KRL Foundation, which purchases from donations the books that are used as finishing incentives, and from the branch Friends of the Library organizations, which help cover the cost of special programs at each of the branch libraries.


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