As July draws to a close, so does The Community Library’s summer reading program for children and teens.

The two-month summer reading program began on June 3, inviting young readers all over the area to get excited about books and log their hours.

One of the key objectives of the summer reading program is to combat the notorious “summer slide,” a lapse in education that can occur during the long summer hiatus, and result in children being worse off at the beginning of the new school year than they were at the end of the previous one.

Throughout the summer, nearly 300 children have taken part in the program, including about 75 outside the Ketchum location participating through the Bloom Truck. This is the first year the library has engaged the truck for this purpose and it has yielded excellent results.

Reading logs are due at the library or Bloom Truck no later than noon on Friday, Aug. 2. At 2 p.m. that day, the children’s library will host a party to celebrate the end of summer reading, and draw winners for grand prizes: a bike, a Nintendo Switch and a $100 Toy Store gift card.

Visit comlib.org for details.

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