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Blast Off to Summer Reading
Anderson Library offers fun ways to celebrate reading
(ANDERSON, SC, May 25) The Anderson County Library System’s Summer Reading Program blasts off with programs by family friendly performers encouraging literacy and reading. The space-themed program, which runs June 1 – July 31, is for children from birth to adults.
Summer Reading is especially important for students and their academic achievement. Children who don't read over the summer experience learning loss. And the effect is cumulative. Kids who lose reading skills over the summer will be two years behind their classmates by the end of 6th grade. The Summer Reading Program aims to solve this problem with easy fun ways to encourage reading throughout the summer. All activities are free and open to the public, throughout the county.
“Summer is a time of possibilities and discovery. And what is better than discovering a great book?” said Faith Line, Director of the Anderson County Library System. “Online registration makes it simple to participate and fun, free activities, plus buildings full of books, makes discovery for all ages easy!”
This summer will see the return of some favorite programs and performers, such as Ronald McDonald, and new programs like Robots and Rockets with artist and enthusiast J. Chris Campbell and space technology hands-on activities for teens in TechLab. The Main library will feature the StarLab Portable Planetarium from Roper Mountain Science Center. The end of Summer Reading will be celebrated at each branch with a SplashDown Party.
Early registration for Summer Reading has already begun. Community members may sign up at any of the eight Anderson County Library branches or online at www.andersonlibrary.org. Program completion is based on the ages of the registrants. Babies from birth through 5 years old are encouraged to read or listen to 30 books. Elementary school to Middle school participants, 6 – 12 years old, are asked to read 15 books or for 15 hours. Completers will receive a voucher for the Greenville Drive All Star Game and a chance to win a Kindle Fire or Leapfrog LeapPad 3. Teens, age 13-18, and adults have a goal of 20 hours of reading and will have opportunities to win various prizes including chances for $100 gift certificates from Amazon and Target.
The Summer Reading Program is supported, in part, by the generosity of The Friends of the Anderson County Library, Brett and Elaine Stoll, McDonalds, and Park Sterling Bank. More information may be found at www.andersonlibrary.org or by coming into any Anderson County Library.
The Anderson County Library System serves more than 190,000 county residents of all ages and includes the main library in the city of Anderson, eight branches located throughout the county, and a bookmobile. The System’s staff and board are committed to freedom of access for all, offering a forum for ideas. For more information, visit www.AndersonLibrary.org.