- The Coshocton Public Library held a kick off for its summer reading program on Thursday.
- The program in 2021 drew 863 children, 81 teens and 362 adults.
- The theme is Oceans of Possibilities and one can earn prizes for meeting reading goals by July 30.
- The library will have various activities tying into the program such as it’s usual story times for kids and summer youth program.
COSHOCTON — Preventing the summer slide of youth out of school and encouraging family togetherness is a focus of the summer reading program through the Coshocton Library System.
Last year, the program drew 836 children, 81 teens and 362 adults.
A kickoff event was held Thursday with snacks, games and activities. Attendees were also able to pickup summer reading logs and programming guides. One can earn prizes for meeting reading goals through July 30. One can also sign up and participate through the Beanstack app or website.
The library is partnering with Roscoe Village, Clary Gardens, Pomerene Center for the Arts and Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum for youth programming through the end of July. Each class is $1 per child, except for the library’s programming which is free. The library’s program theme is the same as the reading program’s, Oceans of Possibilities.
Summer story times will also tie into the theme and summer reading program. Lapsit for newborns to age 3 is from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the West Lafayette Branch Library and Wednesdays at the main library. Preschool story time for ages 3 to 6 is 11 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the branch library and Wednesdays at the main library. There will also be special story times at various parks throughout the county from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 9 and 23 and July 7 and 21.
Corazon Britton, youth services librarian, said studies have shown such programs help to prevent what is known as the summer slide in youth. Certain skills, like reading, will atrophy during students’ time off from school if they don’t continue to use them.
“We want youth to not only maintain the skills they’ve developed during the school year, but to develop even more. By encouraging reading, we’re building on their education and helping them to be more successful,” Britton said.
Library Director Jennifer Austin said while they focus on kids, getting teens and adults to read is also important and it can be something a family shares together. With adults, it’s just about getting them to use the library and seeing what they have to offer.
“Each program fulfills specific needs we’re aware of in the community. For example, the youth program is important because we know the summer slide is real,” Austin said. “With adults, we do it as an opportunity to encourage library use and to give back to the community. We identify prizes we think will be attractive to adults, like this year it’s all gift cards.”
Adult grand prizes this year include a $100 Walmart gift card, $50 gift certificate to Buehler’s Fresh Foods and a $25 fuel card. Teens can win a $100 Walmart gift card, two $100 Amazon gift cards and a four pack of passes to King’s Island with a $50 gas card. Kids can win various toys, headphones and a Kindle Fire 7.
“All of our prizes and monetary donations are from community members. It’s really a community effort to support this program,” Britton said.
For more information on the summer reading program and related activities, go to coshoctonlibrary.org or call 740-622-0956.
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