“Exercise Your Mind,” Escondido Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge, concluded on July 31 as the Library’s most successful summer program on record.
About 1,430 children, teens, and adults registered to accept this year’s challenge, designed to promote reading for fun, pleasure, and stimulation for all ages over a seven-week period. Children and teens logged more than 14,436 hours of reading enjoyment, and 85 adults completed more than 320 reading entries.
In addition to promoting reading over the summer months, the library offered weekly programs, activities andevents for every age. More than 4,389 people attended 54 programs over the seven weeks. Summer reading provides fun and enjoyment during vacation time, but also plays an important role in helping students maintain learning and reading abilities. Studies prove that students who read actively avert the “summer slide,” a loss of reading ability during the extended school break, and they are better prepared to begin the new school year.
According to Assistant Library Director Cynthia Smith, “Summer Reading Challenge participants recorded their reading progress, earningchances to win incentives and prizes. We are grateful to the Friends of the Library and dozens of local businesses whose donations made this program so successful for the Escondido community.”
As summer activities end at the Library, a schedule of new programs and services begins and can be found on the Library’s website: library.escondido.org. For more information about Library programs, contact Senior Librarian Viktor Sjöberg at vsjöberg@escondido.org, or call 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia St., Escondido.