Summer Reading Program – Tails & Tales

IT’S HERE! Get ready to go wild with our Mason County District Library’s popular summer reading program which begins June 11th in Ludington & Scottville.  This year, the theme is Tails and Tales. There are divisions for children, teens, and adults!  You can pick up progress sheets and bags beginning the week of June 7.

You can pre-register for our Wandoo online reader through the links found in this post – Summer Reading Program 2021

There will be a Kickoff Supply Pickup on Friday, June 11th 7:00 pm at the Ludington Library’s back yard. Please practice your good Pandemic Manners when you come to pick up items: Wash your hands thoroughly before leaving your house; wear a mask; keep a safe distance from others. Just 20 minutes of reading a day will complete the reading goal for this summer. Participants who return their completed summer reading progress or bingo sheets will be entered in a prize drawing at the end of summer! You can also sign up for our online summer reading program, Wandoo Reader. Instructions and links will be on our website. There are divisions for children, teens, and adults. Participants can create an avatar, set goals, earn badges, complete challenges, and log their reading time. The same basic goals apply here as well – read for at least 20 minutes a day.   

Our programs and events will be outdoors this summer. Children K-6 are invited to enjoy outdoor games Mondays at 1:00 pm in the Ludington Library back yard beginning June 14th and continuing throughout the summer. Please check our Facebook page and our website for more information.  In addition, the Fun Family Friday packets will continue to be placed outdoors for pick up at both library locations. There is a MiLibraryQuest digital scavenger hunt planned for teens. Continue to check back as we will add and change events and activities throughout the summer. It’s a beautiful day to read!

Tails and Tales Teen poster

So – why should your children read during the summer? Studies have shown that kids can lose as much as ½ grade level over the summer.  This is called the summer slide. 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. And this year, we are also working to mitigate the COVID slide experienced by some students. Our Library’s Summer Reading Program, Tails and Tales is designed to encourage children to read.

All Mason County District Library programs and events are free.

Lisa Dains

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