You've seen them. Children zooming through the APL entry doors to get to the Jerry Broadwell Children's Room to log in their reading hours and get their prize for the week. And, being a good library blog reader, you probably know during the summer, libraries across the country offer programs to keep children entertained and engaged in reading. But do you know why?
Studies have shown those who are motivated to read will read more. Reading more increases one's vocabulary and encourages more reading increasing one's vocabulary...OK, you get the picture. Don't believe it? Come into the Library any day during the next six weeks and you'll see children, adults and yes, even teens motivated to read. Whether it's for a prize or just for the fun of it, summer is the time to exercise your mind. Grownups -- this also means you! No excuses, we have a summer reading program just for you, too.
So read and get everyone around you reading. Know someone who likes to cook? Have them read recipes (kids love this). Commute to work or taking a family car trip? Get a book on CD or download one -- yes, they count! But whatever you do, just keep reading! This one's no pain and all gain.
P.S. We have an amazing array of activities for Adults, Teens and Children in celebration of our summer reading program. It's also a great way to stay motivated.
P.P.S If you want to see those studies about reading, motivation and brain development, check out our Library online or just ask us, we'd be happy to help!