Beginning May 31 the 2020 Summer Reading Program will begin at the Knox County Public Library, running through July 31. Readers will win fun prizes for minutes spent reading this summer. Each program, has a theme and this year’s is, “Imagine Your Story.”

The main purpose of the summer reading program is to help combat the “summer slide.” This is the loss of knowledge from the end of one school year to the beginning of the next. Library summer programs have been shown to dramatically increase retention of information by helping keep young minds engaged over the summer. Even if people read for fun, it helps keep their minds engaged and helps young people retain what they learned the previous year.

Summer reading programs have been offered in public libraries throughout the United States since the 1890s. Though some formats and materials are different, the benefits are the same. They include but aren’t limited to the following:

— Children are motivated to read.

— Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books and the library.

— Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.

— Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.

— Children have access to experiences through which they can lear to work cooperatively.

Although there are a few changes, this year’s program is similar to programs offered previously. If you are new to our program, let me give you a bit of an idea what it looks like. Our registrations will open next week, and this year we are offering online registrations for the first time. On May 31, we’ll have a special Summer Kickoff Livestream on our Facebook page (Knox County Public Library-IN). From the virtual kick off through July 31, patrons of any age can read to earn points which they will be able to redeem later for prizes! Children up to 12 years old earn 1 point per hour read. For teens ages 13 through 18, it is 1 point per 2 hours. Finally, adults 18 and over earn 1 point for 3 hours read. 

One change you will see is that we will not be offering prizes until later in the summer. We’ll begin offering prize drawings for all age groups next month. Until then, we ask that patrons mark their time read so they will be ready to start claiming prizes in June! 

To register, please check our website at www.kcpl.lib.in.us or visit us in person at the Vincennes Fortnightly Clubhouse, 421 N. Sixth St., Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Be sure to sign everyone up! All ages up to 100 year olds are welcome. Also, everything read aloud to another person counts for everyone listening! We love hearing about big brothers or sisters reading stories to their younger siblings! 

If you have any questions, please contact the library at 812-886-4380, stop by the Fortnightly, or send an email to Roger Stremming at rstremmingkcpl@gmail.com, or message us on Facebook. 

Happy reading!

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