Yolo County Library Launches Summer Reading Program


The Yolo County Library’s annual summer reading program begins June 1. This year’s theme: Reading beyond the beaten track.

Children, teens, and adults can participate by recording their readings, winning prizes, and enjoying summer camp-style programs and activities.

Anyone who registers for the program at https://yolocountylibrary.org/summer will receive a free book and welcome bag. And everyone who completes their summer reading challenge by earning 1,000 points will receive a free book and prize, plus entry into a final draw for additional prizes.

This year’s theme, Reading Beyond the Box, evokes the vibe of summer camps, and the activities in the summer reading challenge relate to typical camp events, such as arts and crafts. , campfire, “flat on the bunk” (quiet time), science and nature, and sports and recreation. Indoor and outdoor in-person activities will be offered at many Yolo County Library branches, and all branches will provide take-out kits for all ages. Content changes monthly and kits will be available while supplies last.

Participants ages 0-5 will also receive an activity booklet designed to engage young learners in fun pre-literacy activities, and thanks to a grant from the Davis Sunrise Rotary Club, children ages 6-12 will receive a summer badge book full of reading prompts. , improvement activities and stickers to record their reading. The program has even more rewards: Each week, participants will be entered into a draw for a $10 gift card, courtesy of Nugget Markets, Raley’s and Target.

Everyone who joins the Summer Reading Program is encouraged to participate digitally through the Beanstack platform on the web or through the app. Participants can track the books they’ve read, log hours read and books, earn badges and prizes, and discover great books.

Parents or guardians can sign up and quickly save their own and their children’s readings under one main account. Instructions are available on the library’s website, https://yolocountylibrary.org

While Yolo County Library has been fine-free since April 2021, attendees who still have past outstanding fines on their account may choose to withdraw up to $10 in fines from their account in lieu of their prize. definition. Books and prizes can be picked up in person at any Yolo County Library branch. Prizes are available through September 30 or while supplies last.

According to the library, research indicates that summer reading programs help children and teens maintain and improve their reading skills over the summer, provide a haven for readers in the community, and build enthusiasm for reading. reading. Additionally, adult involvement encourages caregivers to play an important role in their child’s literacy development by reading aloud with their child and practicing good reading behavior. Children read more and enjoy reading more when they can choose what they read.

As poet and author Maya Angelou noted, “Any book that helps a child form the habit of reading, to make reading one of their deep and lifelong needs, is good for them.”

The Summer Reading Program is free and sponsored by the Yolo County Library Foundation and the various Friends of the Library groups. For more information or to register, visit your local Yolo County Library branch or online https://yolocountylibrary.org/summer.


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