Wichita Public Library to Enroll Thousands of Youth in Summer Reading Program
The Wichita Public Library announces that the 2016 Summer Reading Program will begin May 25. This annual program for area youth regularly enrolls more than 10,000 children and teens who commit to reading throughout the summer months.
The Summer Reading Program was designed to fight the "summer brain drain" that causes children to suffer a measurable learning loss over their summer break from school. Research shows that students who don't engage in learning over the summer get lower test scores.
The program has three tiers to address different age ranges of participants. Youth entering grades 6 through 12 will enroll in the Teens Read portion of the program and children ages 3 through the 5th grade will participate in the Kids Read portion. The kids and teens in these programs will track how many days they read for at least 20 minutes. Parents with babies and toddlers under the age of three can enroll in the Baby Bookworm program, which provides learning activities that promote early literacy skills.
Parents can enroll their children at any of the eight Libraries across Wichita. Printed reading logs will be available for children and parents to track their reading. And for the first time, this year parents and children can enroll in the program as well as track reading progress online through the Library's website www.wichitalibrary.org.
The Summer Reading Program continues through July 20 and will provide prize incentives. Nearly 100 Library events for children are scheduled to coincide with this program. The full list of events can be found at the events page on the Library's website.
The Library's Summer Reading Program and events are free.