Kids may be done with school for the summer, but the Muskingum County Library System wants to make sure they don't fall behind with reading.
The library's summer reading program officially kicked off Monday. Assistant Director Blair Tom said the program is flexible and allows students to set a pace they are comfortable with.
"Children set their own goal, and then when they read and report books weekly, they receive incentives and prizes," Tom said. "We have free weekly programs at all six locations that begin this week, but certainly going to programs isn't a requirement to be a summer reader. So if that doesn't fit with your schedule, you can still be a summer reader."
In just one week, over 1700 Muskingum County students have registered for the program. The library hopes to have around 3100 in the program by the registration deadline of July 26th. Tom said it's important for students to keep up with reading in the summer so that they can keep up with their classmates in the fall.
"Studies indicate students that don't read during the summer can, some, lose up to one grade level in reading, and we know of some of the local school districts and schools that have challenges for their students, one class against another, to see which class will read the most during the summer."
Registration is free, and students will receive a backpack upon completion of their first book courtesy of the Friends of the Library. For more information or to register for the program, you can visit any of the six Muskingum County Library locations, or visit www.muskingumlibrary.org.