Local kids encouraged to “get a clue” at the library this summer

Next month, summer will officially be here and children will be out of school. Parents can still make summer fun for kids and help prevent information loss at the same time through the county libraries’ Summer Reading Program.A common finding across numerous studies is that on average, students score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they do at the beginning of summer (on the same test). This loss for all students is estimated to be equal to about one month of teaching. This summer all three Hutchinson County Libraries are offering a summer reading program to keep children’s interest in reading alive and increase their reading level for the next school year.The theme for the 2012 Summer Reading Program is “Get a Clue At the Library.”Hutchinson County Libraries encourage children to attend summer reading programs to increase their interest in reading and to help them explore their imaginations during their summer vacations.Every summer, local children participate in this program at all three branches of the Hutchinson County Library: Borger, Fritch and Stinnett, for summer reading. Prizes for all ages for books or time to read, and take-home weekly arts and crafts projects are among the reasons to get involved. They also offer reading incentives for the kids who turn in reading logs. Signups will be held June 1, 2012 during your regular library hours. For more information contact your local library. Borger Branch, 625 Weatherly (273-0126); Fritch Branch, 205 N Cornell (857-3752); or Stinnett Branch, 500 N Main in the Courthouse Basement (878-4013) or visit http://www.harringtonlc.org.