CREATED Jun. 4, 2013
RANCHO MIRAGE - Summer vacation for many students in the Valley starts at the library,checking out books and signing up for reading programs. This year, the staff at the Rancho Mirage Public Library expects more than 1,200 children to attend.
"Every year, our summer reading program grows exponentially," says the Senior Librarian, Joann Collins.
She adds that more children come to the library during the summer for a different purpose than during the school year. In the summer, they go to check out books for fun, while during the school year, they go to the library after school to study and use the computers.
Based on Scholastic's Kids and Family Reading Report 2013, children read an average of 12 books during the summer. We met a 6th grader from Palm Desert Charter Middle School who says his passion is books.
"It just takes you in an adventure," says Nathan Schultz, "And you don't want to stop it."
At the library, Collins stresses that reading is closely connected with a child's learning in school.
"If a child can read well, they're going to do well in mathematics, they're going to do well in all the other subjects at school," explains Collins.
For many, young and old, reading opens up their imagination. The staff at the library promotes reading to children at an early age to stimulate the brain and begin reading comprehension.
To learn about summer reading programs in your area and how you can win prizes, visit these websites: