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Time to Read!

Summer is almost upon us and most of us are gearing up for vacations and long days spent at the pools and parks. During these exciting months packed full of activities, it is easy to forget to curl-up with your favorite book and read. The summer months spent away from reading good books is commonly called the summer slide.

Studies have found that children who spend large amounts of time away from reading (usually during the months of June through August) slide behind in their reading and writing skills. Engaging your child in a few books this summer can vastly improve their school readiness for the following school year.

Summer is a great time to explore your child’s reading interests. The staff at the Richland Library will help find books that will entice even the most reluctant reader. We also offer tips and tricks to excite children about books:

  • Explore the audiobook collection. Audiobooks are a great avenue for emerging readers who are not ready to tackle lengthy chapter books. The Richland Library offers a large selection of audiobooks; everything from The Lightning Thief to Little House on the Prairie.
  • Read together. Read-Aloud guru, Jim Trelease suggests reading aloud as a family as frequently as you can. Children of all ages love to share stories with parents and siblings. Choose a chapter book and read together before bedtime.
  • Make a trip to the Richland Library. The library offers several fun and exciting programs this summer that are for all ages.
  • The Richland Library Friends ’Summer Learning Challenge offers prizes for reading books and attending library events. Join us this Saturday, May 31st in Richland Library’s Children’s Room to join the Summer Learning Challenge and explore all the reading options the library has to offer.


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