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Summer reading program a big splash

School days are counting down…vacation time is coming up! Summer wouldn’t be summer without spending time in and on the water—and this year, reading will be part of the water fun.

Children’s librarians across New Hampshire are creating special summertime activities based on the slogan “Make a Splash—Read,” as part of a national Collaborative Summer Library Program. Readers of all ages will be able to visit their libraries for fun activities based on a variety of water themes: surfing, pirates, deserted islands, “Under the Sea” and more.

To participate in “Make a Splash—Read,” children need to register at their local library, then keep track of how much time they spend reading or how many books they read during the summer months. There are no set reading lists; participants can read whichever books they want, even if they’re not related to this summer’s theme. Children will be offered incentives to read as much as they can.

A program for teens, “Make Waves at Your Library,” is also being offered at some libraries.

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 “Make a Splash—Read”  and “Make Waves at Your Library” will develop its own unique programming based on the water theme, with the goal of helping children spend more time enjoying non-assigned reading during the summer months.

“Young readers love the Summer Reading Program—and so do their families and teachers,” said Ann Hoey, youth services coordinator for the New Hampshire State Library and member of the Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire. “It’s a great way to help children retain their reading and comprehension skills, and they have so much fun going to their community libraries to pick out books and spend time with their friends.”

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