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    Summer Reading Parent Letter

    Dear Parents,

    School is out, and now is the perfect time to start planning for the summer!  Make the Daviess County Public Library a part of your summer routine by enrolling your child in our “Get into Character @ your library” Summer Reading Program sponsored by The Friends of the Library.

    All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.  Numerous studies have shown that reading over the summer prevents “summer reading loss” (Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander, 2007).  Summer Reading loss is cumulative.  Children don’t “catch up” in the fall because the other children are moving ahead with their skills.  By the end of 6th grade, children who lose reading skills over the summer are two years behind their classmates (Entwisle & Alexander, 2007).  Reading four or five books during the summer is potentially enough to prevent a decline in reading achievement from spring to fall (Kim, 2004).

    The Daviess County Public Library would like to help encourage reading during the summer months with our Summer Reading program.  Everyone (all ages) can participate in the program.  All you have to do to participate is register, read, and log five books (books, audiobooks, ebooks) to receive one entry into our grand prize drawing.  If you want to continue reading, you will receive an additional grand prize entry for each additional five books read and logged.  The more you read, the more chances you have to win!  In addition, children 12 and younger will receive one free book after logging the first five books.  Weekly participation prizes will be awarded in the Children and Teen categories, and Grand Prizes will be awarded in the Children, Teen, and Adult categories.  You may register online at   The program will run June 1-July 31.

    The Daviess County Public Library will also be hosting exciting programs for people of all ages this summer.  We have fun programs planned for children 12 and younger every Wednesday afternoon during June and July to help them get excited about reading.  For adults, we will be having music concerts, a film festival, and author Rick Robinson will be visiting on June 3.  You may pick of a copy of our events calendar, the ballyhoo, or visit the Daviess County Public Library Events page to see the full schedule.

    We look forward to seeing you throughout the summer!

    Kim Mattingly
    Youth Services Programming Coordinator



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