Live Oak Public Libraries challenges readers this summer

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Kids, teens and adults can dive into summer with the Live Oak Public Libraries Summer Reading Challenge starting June 1 and ending July 31.

In order to complete the educational contest, participants must complete 10 hours of reading which can be broken down into 20 minutes per day for a chance to win a grand prize.

Babies and toddlers are not left out. Just complete 25 early literacy activities and they can also enter to win a grand prize.

Prizes this year could include mini beach balls, fish throwers, beach buckets, sunglasses, books, bookmarks, yoyo sunglasses, vinyl stickers and headphones.

Entrants who complete the challenge by July 31 will have their names entered into the grand prize draw for a chance to win a Lego set for kids and a Nintendo Switch Lite for teens.

To participate, create an account on Beanstack: Reading Challenges and Personalized Recommendations.

Once you have an account, log in, record reading activity, and track progress to earn rewards.

According to the American Library Association, summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage schoolchildren, especially those in urban areas and not needed for agricultural work, to read during their summer vacation. summer, to use the library and to develop the habit of reading. . Resources – Summer Reading Programs – American Library Association LibGuides (ala.org)

The Georgia Department of Education supports summer reading and says research studies have shown five things: The Georgia Summer Reading Challenge (gadoe.org)

  • Reading loss occurs for most children when they are not in a formal learning environment or participating in any form of educational activities during the summer.
  • Students may have up to 2-3 months of reading ability loss during the summer.
  • Low-income students may suffer the most from lack of books at home and access to public libraries.
  • Students from rural areas also do not have easy access.
  • An innovative partnership between schools, publishers and public libraries holds great promise for solving the dilemma of summer reading loss.

One of the values ​​of Live Oak Public Libraries is to encourage the enjoyment of reading and learning every day. Its mission is to provide excellent, responsive service to enrich people’s lives, support lifelong learning, and build and improve its communities.

More information about the Summer Reading Challenge can be found at Summer Reading Challenge – SPECIAL EVENTS – Live Oak Public Libraries at Live Oak Public Libraries (liveoakpl.org).

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