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Free 'Summer Setback' Prevention for NV Kids & Teens

May 28, 2010

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Nevadans who wish their children could spend more time learning and less time reviewing when returning to school after summer break may want to consider free summer reading programs, getting underway at local libraries. Nevada teens are invited to "make a wave" while younger ones are expected to "make a splash," according to Carol Chambers, who chairs the Summer Reading Committee for the Las Vegas Clark County Library District. Sign-up starts Tuesday, and, while kids are drawn to summer reading programs for the fun and prizes, many parents appreciate the programs for their educational value, she says.

"Studies have shown the reading during the summer helps to eliminate summer setback, when children forget everything that they learned, or a lot of what they've learned, during the previous school year."

Most Nevada libraries offer rewards for kids who complete the summer reading program. In most cases, enrollment in the program takes place at the library, but then a child can keep a log of his or her summer reading while at home, or even while on vacation.

Summer reading programs commonly offer grand prize drawings, ranging from books to gift cards, for children and teens who complete the program goals. Vegas is experimenting this year with allowing kids to re-enter the program as often as they can to encourage them to keep reading all summer, adds Chambers.

"Some children are going to read no matter what you do. There are other children who struggle a little bit with reading and they don't find it as enjoyable. So, what we try to do is give them a little something to say we are proud of you, and to try to talk a little bit about why it's important."

In keeping with the summer's water themes, Beate Weinert with the Washoe County Library System says a creative library staffer will be traveling to all 11 local branches to help kids fashion their own beach bags made from multicolored duct tape, which is being provided free of charge to children, such as one boy who's highly motivated by tape.

"I have seen his wallets, he's also created flip-flops; he's a incredibly talented with that duct tape, so I have no doubt that the beach bags will make a big splash."

More information is available at .

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV