Great River Regional Library will kick off the annual Summer Reading Program on Monday, June 7, continuing through Saturday, Aug. 7. Registration begins on Monday, June 7, and can be done in the Beanstack app, visiting griver.beanstack.org, or by visiting the local library during open hours. Hours can be found at griver.org/locations.

Participants can track their reading in the Beanstack app or by using a paper slip, which they can return to the library. Participants will also be eligible for prize drawings at the end of the program. Each branch offers a unique assortment of SRP prizes.

This summer’s theme is Reading Colors Your World. The broad motif of “colors” provides a context for exploring humanity, nature, culture, and science, as well as developing programming that demonstrates how libraries and reading can expand the world through kindness, growth, and community. Library users young and old will be encouraged to be creative, try new things, explore art, and find beauty in diversity. The program is open to all kids, ages 0-18. The program divided into three categories: pre-readers (ages 0-3), ages 3 to 12, and teens.

The library’s mission of the program is simple: Encourage children and teens to read throughout the summer! Summer reading isn’t just fun; it’s extremely beneficial. Regular reading goes far in combating the “summer slide,” the phenomenon of students losing academic footing during a long academic break. Students who join public library summer reading programs scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those who did not participate – in some cases, significantly higher.

Visit the local library to learn more about how children can get involved this summer. The library is back to normal open hours. See the library’s hours at griver.org/locations. Visit the library’s website for program details at griver.org/kids/summer-reading-program

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