The launch of Metro Library's 2018 summer reading program, “Libraries Rock” begins Friday, June 1st. The program gives children, teens AND adults the opportunity to earn prizes while they read for fun and promote the importance of reading in our communities.
The program launches June 1 and concludes July 31. Summer readers can track their reading progress and earn fine waivers, books, tote bags or cellphone accessories. There will also be prize drawings for Kindle Fires and iPads for participates who have an active Metro Library card. Prizes must be claimed by Aug. 15.
Participants can also select to donate their fine waivers and prize books to someone in need. This year the summer reading Read it Forward program will donate books to local non- profit organizations including Citizens Caring for Children, Faithworks of the Inner City, Mary Mahoney Memorial Health Center and Sisu Youth Services. All summer reading book prizes are sponsored through the Friends of the Metropolitan Library System.
“We are excited to be a part of engaging readers of all ages in Oklahoma County,” regional director of public services, Melody Kellogg said. “The free summer reading program encourages children, teens and adults to continue reading and learning throughout the summer.”
Studies show that on average students lose approximately two months of reading achievement skill if they do not continue to read and learn during the summer, causing lower scores on standardized tests. These months of learning loss accumulate, causing students to lose as much as two years’ worth of reading achievement by sixth grade.