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Summer reading is, well, reading

submitted by Tracey Reed, Warminster Library Director

My family tells me I was a precocious child and reader, and I remember reading Stephen King and V.C. Andrews long before I really understood them (but I knew they terrified me).

During one particularly memorable summer when I was an early tween, my best friends and I played “Clan of the Cave Bear” in the clearings and trees next to the Budd plant in Northeast Philly (we were under the fence and in the “no trespassing” zone quite a bit also, but that’s another story).

Which means, while I don’t remember it expressly, I read during the summer months.

In fact, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t read; it is so engrained in who I am and what I do.

Having that has a lot to do with my grandmother, aunt, and mother visibly reading and reading with me to set the example.

Reading for pleasure was something we just did, school or no school. Summer reading wasn’t a thing for me; just reading was a thing.

So I don’t think I ever experienced the “Summer Slump,” where children can lose anywhere from two months to several reading levels by not reading in the off months. But so many students do.

And public libraries – including Warminster – meet this challenge by offering Summer Reading Programs. The programs we offer are just part of it.

As students read throughout the summer, they have the opportunity to win prizes.

Yes, it’s incentive-based reading, but when children can read for pleasure (even if there’s a reward at the end), they soon learn that reading is pleasurable and seek it out. Especially if the family reads.

So come check out our space-themed Summer Reading Program. Our Kickoff Block Party is Thursday, June 20th at 6:00pm.

There’s a universe of stories out there just waiting to be read.

The Summer Reading Program runs from June 20th – August 22nd, and information can be found in the Library or on the website.

For a complete list of library programs, visit warminstertownship.org/calendar-of-events/.