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Economical Kid Fun As Library Goes to the Bugs

July 7, 2008

Las Vegas, NV – How do you spell relief from the high cost of relieving your child's summer boredom? One way is to head down to your local library for free summer reading programs.

John Crockett with the Nevada Library Association says the theme this year is "catch the reading bug" at the library. That means bug and insect activities all over the state, but Crockett reports that some branches, such as the Incline library, are taking the theme a little more literally than others.

"We had a bug-eating party where we learned about insects and also tried eating some dung beetles, ants and silkworm pupa, so we got to learn and have some fun and gross each other out."

In addition to keeping your kids cool, learning and entertained this summer, the free summer reading programs also don't require much travel. That's good news, with gas prices still shooting through the roof.

Crockett notes you can sign up for some reading programs online. Studies show that kids who read for fun during the summer months are a whole lot sharper than those who don't crack a book until school starts again in the fall.

"Children who participate in summer reading clubs are more likely to read at or above grade level when they return to school, and it encourages kids to explore and to have some fun in learning."

Don't count your kid out, he adds, if you are taking a family road trip -- children can still keep their reading log with them on the road and participate in summer reading programs.

Registration for the Las Vegas/Clark County program is online at, and Henderson program registration is at

Michael Clifford/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - NV