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It’s Summer Reading Program Time
   at the Rapides Parish Library!

It’s another year and the Rapides Parish Library is getting ready library and we will be providing a special calendar schedule you
to take off on another fun summer reading program! The theme can post on your refrigerator to remind you of when the
this year is “Build a Better World!” The fun activities center on entertainers will be at your branch.

volunteerism, community involvement, wildlife conservation,
renewable energy, engineering, and architecture. Your              Special Entertainment Schedule
neighborhood library can provide materials that will help nurture  June 12 – June 16
all these areas of interest. We have books on recycling,           Lady Chops!
community development, building, science and technology,           June 26 – June 30

conservation, careers in science and more. There is something      Mike Anderson – The Dulcimer Guy
for everyone at the library!                                       July 10 – July 14
                                                                   David LeBouef - Magician
Traditionally, summer reading programs are designed to             July 24 – July 28
encourage elementary-aged children to keep reading during          Harvey the Rabbit!
summer vacation. Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be

the main objective of summer reading programs. For many We’re reaching out to the tweens and teens with activities that
families with elementary-aged children, the public library is the will help raise community awareness, and social
only community space available during the summer months involvement. For many teen readers, the library is the only
where they can access free educational and cultural enrichment space offering free access to age-appropriate programs,
activities and programs.                                           resources, and expertise in their community.

The benefits of summer reading programming for children:                Benefits of teenage programming:
                                                                        Many teenagers find enjoyment in reading.
 Children are motivated to read                                        Having high levels of literacy are needed for higher
 Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books,
                                                                             education and future employment.
    and the library.                                                    Most standardized tests that teenagers will take include
 Children maintain their reading skills during summer
                                                                             a reading comprehension portion.
    vacation.
 Children have access to experiences that further their           The summer reading program also engages and involves our
                                                                   adult customers with resources and fun activities that focus on
    sense of discovery.                                            our adult library patrons.
 Children have access to experiences through which they

    can learn to work cooperatively.

                                                                         If you would like more information on the 2017 Summer Reading
This year the Rapides Parish Library has scheduled special Program contact the Rapides Parish Library’s Youth Services
entertainment along with the summer reading program Department at 318-442-2483 and speak to Tammy DiBartolo x
incentives. Already there is information on the schedules at your 1906 or Karla Kirby at x1904.

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