For over 40 years, the Akron-Summit Count Public Library’s annual reading program has merged summer fun with continued learning, and this year is no different. The theme for 2017 is “Build a Better World.
The program, which runs June 5 through July 29, is a reading/wellness experience geared toward the whole family. Research supports people are more likely to read and exercise if it’s convenient, and this program is just that.
Children’s programming engages kids in language skills development for success. Students are at risk of losing two to three months of reading and math over the summer. Teen programs motivate teens to read and talk about literature. Teens who participate in summer reading tend to perform better academically and achieve greater academic gains than those who don’t. Programs for adults are about experiencing the joy of reading. Reading relieves stress, strengthens the brain and builds empathy.
Participants can register now at the nearest Akron-Summit County Public Library to receive a Mind, Body, & Sole reading/exercise log and pedometer.
How it works: From June 5 through July 29, participants check off each day they read on the reading log. As reach reading milestones, participants be rewarded with fun incentives and be entered into drawings for great prizes.
Running, walking, bicycling, yoga, gardening, outside play and even physical therapy can be counted as movement. When participants have reached 26 days of exercise AND 26 days of reading, they will receive a Mind, Body & Sole T-shirt and have the chance to be entered into our Grand Prize Drawing.
Find out more about Mind, Body & Sole: Build a Better World at akronlibrary.org or contact an Akron-Summit library location.