A summer reading program in Oklahoma hopes to ward off summer brain drain, the phenomenon that leaves students stumped when they return to school after lackadaisical summer vacations.
The “Catch the Reading Bug” program began yesterday at public libraries.
Children up to age 12 can sign up for the series of events, and very young children can even participate if someone reads to them.
Some libraries also offer summer reading programs for teenagers.
Youths who sign up get a free reading log, book bag and bookmark and can earn prizes for what they read. Libraries also offer story times and other activities for children.
Visit your local public library for more information and to check out your first book of the summer – maybe, for those who take literally the idea of a bookworm, the old favorite “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”
Wendy K. Kleinman