Keeping children occupied and continuing to learn over the summer can be a challenging task for parents.
The Puyallup Public Library and the Pierce County Library System are kicking off their summer reading programs to keep children and adults entertained all summer.
“It’s important to keep kids reading throughout the summer,” said Bonnie Anderson, Youth Services librarian at the Puyallup Public Library. “Otherwise, they could go backwards up to a grade level. That’s just so sad. It takes just 10 minutes a day to keep the same skill level.”
Starting June 20, the Puyallup Public Library will launch its summer reading program until Aug. 20, with the goal of each child enrolled reading 15 hours by the end of the program.
“It’s doable by anybody,” Anderson said. “It’s about getting kids excited to read.”
Once children accomplish their 15 hours, they will get a free book, passes to Northwest Trek or Point Defiance Zoo, and free entry into a Rainiers game Aug. 30.
Beyond the 15 hours, each additional hour the child reads, they will be entered into a drawing for bigger prizes.
The Puyallup library also has an adult reading program to keep the whole family involved.
“It emphasizes the fun in reading,” Anderson said. “Grown-ups need permission to play or do something for themselves. Taking time to read and relax is important, and this is a good reminder of that.”
Adults who read three books by Aug. 20 will receive an Elements Frozen Yogurt gift card.
The Pierce County Library is hosting its Teen Summer Challenge for teens ages 13 to 18. Teens can earn rewards for tracking their reading hours, with new challenges posted each Friday. Teens can sign up by visiting teensummerchallenge.org.
Adult readers can earn chances to win gift cards to area businesses and local events.
Pierce County’s summer reading program runs June 18 to Aug. 31.