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6/27/2017 Press Release
SUMMER READING IS IN ORBIT! Anderson participants are off to a great start


Bethany Hacker
Marketing and Communications Manager
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Summer Reading is in Orbit!

Anderson participants are off to a great start

(ANDERSON, SC, June 27, 2017) The Anderson County Library System’s Summer Reading Program started June 1 with programs by family friendly performers encouraging literacy and reading.  Although the program doesn’t end until July 31, the library is already awarding State Reading Medals to children who have completed! 

“This is a great time in summer,” said Diane Smiley, Head of Youth Services.  “We love being able to hang the medal around a child’s neck and see that beaming smile.  They know they have really accomplished something!”  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. 

There are still many fun programs for children and teens to attend around the county.  STEM-based programs and movies are especially popular this time of summer.  The Main library will also feature the StarLab Portable Planetarium from Roper Mountain Science Center for two showings on July 26.  There is also time to attend Construction 101 at the Main Anderson Branch at 3:30pm on July 13 and 27, and at Pendleton on July 25 at 3:30pm.  August will celebrate all of the reading achievements with a SplashDown Party at each branch the week of the 7 through the 11th.  Check your local branch to see which day they are celebrating!  Check our calendar online at for all times and locations of Summer Reading events left to attend; or take a look at our new Navigator Magazine with more information on Summer Reading and other summer events at the library

Summer Reading 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 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


Caption for accompanying photograph: Summer readers are officially named “Completers” and show off their medals and certificates.  These great readers are Owen, Emily, and Andrew Reese, with Anderson Children’s Librarian, Jennifer Simmons.