Yolo County Library launches summer reading program

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The Yolo County Library annual summer reading program begins June 1. This year’s theme: Read Beyond the Beaten Path.

Children, teens and adults can participate by logging their reading, earning prizes and enjoying summer-camp-style programs and activities.

Everyone registering 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 an entry into a final drawing for additional prizes.

This year’s theme, Read Beyond the Beaten Path, evokes summer camp vibes, and the summer reading challenge activities relate to typical camp events, like arts and crafts, campfire, “flat on bunk” (quiet time), science and nature, and sports and recreation. In-person indoor and outdoor activities will be offered at many Yolo County Library branches, and all branches will provide take-and-make kits for all ages. Content changes monthly, and kits will be available while supplies last.

Participants aged 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 get a Summer Badge Book filled with reading prompts, enhancement activities and stickers to log their reading. The program has even more rewards: every week, participants will be entered into a drawing 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 via the app. Participants can track the books they have read, log reading hours and books, earn badges and prizes, and discover great books.

Parents or caregivers can sign up and quickly log their own and their children’s reading under one primary account. Instructions are available on the ibrary’s website, https://yolocountylibrary.org

While Yolo County Library has been fine-free since April 2021, participants who still have old overdue fines on their account can select to have up to $10 in fines removed from their account in place of their finisher prize. Books and prizes can be picked up in person at any Yolo County Library branch. Prizes are available until Sept. 30 or while supplies last.

According to the library, research indicates that summer reading programs help children and teens retain and enhance their reading skills over the summer, provide a haven for community readers, and develop reading enthusiasm. Additionally, adult participation encourages caregivers to play a strong role in their child’s literacy development by reading aloud with their child and modeling good reading behavior. Kids 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 to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”

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 sign up, visit your local Yolo County Library branch or online https://yolocountylibrary.org/summer.

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