Northwest NEWS

June 7, 1999


'Read Your Way to the Top' with King County Library summer program

by Deborah Stone

   Reading is a crucial skill for everyone in today's society. It is a skill that improves with practice, and like any other skill, if neglected, it gets rusty.

   The King County Library System offers numerous ways to interest children in reading through various programs at local libraries during the year. It is in summer, however, when the normal structure of school has relaxed, that children often lose their motivation to read.

   Momentum is lost and a child's skill level can drop off during this time period. When school begins again, it sometimes takes students several months to return to the skill level they had reached prior to summer vacation.

   To help combat this "brain drain," the libraries in King County offer a reading program chock full of delightful activities and incentives to keep children and young adults reading throughout the summer. This year, KCLS welcomes children, teens, adults, and families to "Read Your Way to the Top" and participate in a variety of free activities, workshops, and performances designed to promote reading.

   Kids up to the age of eleven may sign in at any King County Library and receive a reading folder. They set their own reading goals and record their progress in their folders. When they reach their goals, they can receive a prize from the library. Young adults, twelve through eighteen years old, may read a book, magazine, or newspaper, or listen to a book on tape, and on a weekly drawing entry form, write a short review of the piece of literature.

   There will be a weekly prize drawing at each library and a grand prize drawing in mid-August. In addition to the reading incentive program, workshops on acting, babysitting, crafts, rocketry, and more will be offered, as well as entertaining puppetry, dance, and theatre performances.

   "Read Your Way to the Top" runs June 26th-August 7. For more information, visit any of the forty King County Libraries, or visit the KCLS website at: