Summer Reading – Prizes and Sponsors!

Teen DrumsLIBRARIES ROCK! THIS SUMMER AT MASON COUNTY DISTRICT LIBRARY

The Mason County District Library’s popular summer reading program began June 8 in Ludington & Scottville.  There are divisions for children, teens, and new this year – adults!  Children and teens may register in person at the library or they may go to the library’s website to sign up online.  Adults will need to register in person.  When children and teens register they receive a book bag.   Children and teens successfully finishing the summer reading program will select a free book and a prize from an area business.  There are some prizes for grownups, too!  Over the past several years the library has given away more than 20,000 books to children.

Studies have shown that kids can lose as much as ½ grade level over the summer.  Children who spend approximately one minute per day (less than seven hours per year) reading are being exposed to 0.05 million words per year; they score in the 10th percentile on standardized tests. Children who spend approximately 11 minutes per day (less than 70 hours per year) reading are being exposed to 0.6 million words per year; they score in the 50th percentile. Children who spend approximately 38 minutes per day (more than 225 hours per year) reading are being exposed to more than two million words per year; they score in the 90th percentile. Unfortunately, most children spend more time in front of a digital screen than they do in front of a book. American children, ages 2-17, watch television or play with digital devices on average almost 25 hours per week, or 3.5 hours per day. Almost one child in five has more than 35 hours of screen time each week. If children were to spend more time reading and less time in front of a screen, one could anticipate that reading scores would go up. Our Library’s Summer Reading Program, Libraries Rock! is designed to encourage children to read.

There are programs and events for children, teens, (and adults) of all ages at the libraries in Ludington and Scottville.    There are daily child and teen activities, and weekly special programs all summer long.  For adults, there are weekly meditation and chair yoga classes, as well as several special events.  Please check our Facebook page and activity calendar on our website for more information.  Or you can pick up flyers for our events or a summer reading schedule at either library.

The library would like to thank the following area businesses for their support of the Summer Reading Program:  

Backstage Hobbies, Barley & Rye, Big Apple Bagels, Big Boy Restaurant, Bottle & Can, Bow’s Diner, Brenda’s Diner, Cops and Doughnuts, Dairy Queen, DJ’s Dairy Crème, Gordy’s Skate Shop, Henry’s Landing, Home Depot, House of Flavors, Hungry Howie’s, Little Caesar’s Pizza, North Country Café, Old Hamlin Restaurant, Ponderosa, The Q, Red Rooster, Sportsman’s, Taco Bell, Todd and Brad Reed, Wesco, West Shore Community College, and the Western Michigan Fair. 

All Mason County District Library programs and events are free.