The KDL Summer Reading Program is FOR ALL AGES

With almost 30,000 participants last year, Kent District Libraries (KDL) holds the impressive title of one of the most popular summer reading programs in Michigan!

From June 5 – August 12, readers ages 0 to 100 can join KDL’s 2017 Summer Reading Program, “Create.” Sign up to immerse yourself in new worlds, discover your power to create, and win a free book or tote.

All participants will also be entered in a drawing to win one of 10 mini iPads!

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You can go paperless and sign up online or simply drop into any KDL branch and grab a reading log–no registration forms required for signing up!

In addition to the reading program, KDL’s 18 branch locations will also be offering daily and weekly activities and programs for all age groups. Click HERE to check to see which location is closest to you!

Why Summer Reading?

Did you know that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests taken at the beginning of summer? KDL’s summer reading program is an important step in helping to prevent what’s known as summer reading loss.

“Kids make great gains in reading during the school year, but then summer occurs–and if a kid stops engaging with books, they experience that summer slide,” says Hennie Vaandrager, Youth Specialist at KDL’s Kentwood branch.

Reading just 20 minutes every day matches area schools and what they’re asking students to read, and can really help combat that slide.”

Through KDL’s summer reading program, kids will not only get to enjoy the benefits of continued reading,  they’ll also get to participate in exciting activities and programs. Read on to find out how!

CREATE: More than Just a Reading Log

KDL’s summer reading program is so much more than just a reading log. In addition to encouraging daily reading and engagement with books, all KDL branch locations also provide many weekly activities and programs for kids and adults of all ages.

“We’ve been working really hard all year to get everything ready for the summer, and we’re excited!” says Vaandrager. “Summer is the busiest time of the year for us. For example, every week in Kentwood we have a magician or a musical group or something else planned, and we often get three to four hundred people at each event.”

In addition to performances, KDL will be offering everything from a make-your-own birdhouse event to a team cooking program, a marble run, and STEM-focused activities.

“We love the theme Create because we can do a lot of programming around it. A lot of our summer programming is using your imagination to create something with your hands,” shared Vaandrager.

Be sure to check here for all the events planned at your local KDL branch this year, and get ready to read, be inspired, and CREATE!

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