Research shows that children can lose as much as an entire grade level of reading over summer months, according to Ketchum Community Librarian Cynthia Dillon.
Libraries in Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue offer science-based summer reading programs to keep kids from sliding back.
Summer reading in Ketchum
The Community Library’s kick-off party for its summer reading program takes place on Saturday, June 21 at 2 p.m. and will feature food, mining for gold, activities and crafts.
Each reader who reaches his/her reading goal will receive a gift card voucher to either Iconoclast or Chapter One Bookstores in Ketchum.
In addition, all readers who reach their goals may enter a raffle—the grand prize is a bike. The library will announce the winner at an awards party on Friday, Aug. 15 at 2 p.m.
The Children’s Library also offers drop-in, self-serve, science-themed crafts and activities every week of the program.
Participants keep a reading log and count minutes spent listening to books on CD, reading magazines, reading online content, or following along with animated Tumblebooks.
Check the library’s website and calendar, or call the library at 726-3493, ext. 2, for details.
Summer at Hailey library
This year’s Hailey summer reading incentive-based program has a science theme called “Fizz, Boom, Read,” for the younger kids in grades 1-3, and a theme entitled “Spark a Reaction” for 4-8 graders.
Registration is June 16-28. Parents can pick up the summer reading packets. Children who are registered are required to have a current Hailey Public Library card. Parents new to the library will need to bring in proof of their physical address and an identification card.
The program runs from Monday, July 7 to Friday, Aug. 15. There is a grand finale in August, but the exact date hasn’t yet been set.
Story hours are held every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. throughout the summer.
Hailey Library hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 788-2036 or visit haileypubliclibrary.org.
Reading in Bellevue
Kids of any age are welcome to join Bellevue Public Librarian Kristin Gearhart for weekly readings from science-themed books, science experiments, games, crafts and prizes.
“Come join us for an amazing summer and get your hands dirty,” said Gearhart.
Weekly themes include robots, volcanoes, kitchen science, weather and “grossology” or a study of bodily functions.
Bellevue Library will also host a Family Movie Night at the Park and a Summer Reading Party, with raffle prizes.
For more information contact 788-4503 or firstname.lastname@example.org