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NH libraries kick off summer reading program

Summer’s almost here! Along with swimming, playing outdoor games and riding bikes, some of the most enjoyable summer hours are spent reading the kinds of books you like best.

Children’s librarians across New Hampshire are creating special summertime programs based on the slogan “Summertime…and the Reading is Easy,” which was selected by The Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire, a division of the New Hampshire Library Association, as the theme for the 2009 New Hampshire Summer Reading Program.

Students who read during summer months retain more of their reading skills and are better prepared for school in the fall. Each public library participating in “Summertime…and the Reading is Easy” will develop its own unique program based on the theme, but all of them will work toward the goal of helping children spend more time enjoying recreational reading during the summer months.

To participate in “Summertime…and the Reading is Easy,” children need to register at their local library. Over the course of the summer, they will be asked to keep track of how much time they spend reading or how many books they read. There are no set reading lists; participants can read whichever books they want. Children will be offered incentives to read as much as they can during the summer months.

In addition to encouraging children to spend time doing recreational reading, “Summertime…and the Reading is Easy” will also strengthen communities, as libraries will hold special events such as craft days, scavenger hunts, science experiments and ice cream parties. Some libraries may also elect to have special guests—including musicians, magicians, storytellers, authors and illustrators—visit and perform or speak with children about how books come to be.

“The Summer Reading Program is a great way to help children retain their reading and comprehension skills—and to have fun doing it,” said Ann Hoey, youth services coordinator for the New Hampshire State Library and Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire member. “The ‘Summertime…and the Reading is Easy’ program will remind everyone that summer and reading are both wonderful, and that local libraries are a resource for fun.”

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NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information about “Summertime…and the Reading is Easy,” or to arrange an interview with Ann Hoey, youth service coordinator at the New Hampshire State Library, please contact Shelly Angers, 603-271-3136,



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