“Knowing you have something good to read before bed,” Vladimir Nabokov wrote, “is among the most pleasurable of sensations.” It’s easy to feel similarly about summer. Now that the balmy days of summer are upon us, it’s time to pack your bag with books (or your e-reader of choice) for some beach reading.
You may also plan to do some listening this summer. Recently, I was reminded that there are always little patches of potential reading time around the edges of any given day – as long as I don’t need my hands or eyes, that is. Perfect opportunity to check out an audio book or an e-audio book. Choose something the whole family will enjoy listening to on your summer road trips. What an interestingly different experience it is than reading on the page!
For most students, summer break is an opportunity to do many things for which there is simply not as much time during the school year: catching up on sleep, vacations, and relaxing. Librarians understand that children who don’t read and learn during the summer months fall behind. It’s called the “summer slide”. In the fall, teachers are forced to spend 17% of the new school year re-teaching material. This month’s newsletter is bursting with suggestions for titles and programs for the whole family. We have a summer reading program for every age!
Can’t make up your mind? Stop into your local library or bookmobile and ask the staff for their suggestions. With six branch libraries throughout the county and two travelling bookmobiles, you’re sure to find a library close by.
Library System Director, Debra Rhodes Gibson