Wow! Kids Set New Records in Summer Reading

Wow! Kids Set New Records in Summer Reading

Make a Splash!” the library’s Summer Reading Program ended Aug. 14 after setting new records for participation.

A total of 11,985 children and teens registered for the program, comfortably topping the 2009 total of 11,497 and the 2008 total of 9,912. In St. Cloud, 1,559 children registered, with an additional 151 registering for the baby/toddler program and 160 for the teen program; 160 teens also registered in Cold Spring and 111 in Elk River. In Delano, 124 registered for the baby/toddler program.

Parents everywhere are learning the value of summer reading in maintaining literacy gains their children make during the school year. Participation in the library’s fun summer reading program makes it easy to keep kids engaged, especially because of the tremendous variety of books available to satisfy their reading interests.

Today, more authors are writing for teens than ever before, and instead of losing their way between children’s books and adult literature, teens are enjoying mysteries, romances, science fiction and fantasy created especially for them. Talk to library staff to learn more about the great selection available.

Great River Regional Library's summer reading theme for 2011 is “One World, Many Stories” with artwork by Rafael Lopez. The teen theme will be “You Are Here” with artwork by Svetlana Chmakova.

Photo: Staff in St. Cloud put up a large poster showing the children’s summer reading total had reached 606,760 minutes..