The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's (CLP) Summer Reading Extravaganza is one of the best ways we know to kick of summer reading! This annual outdoor festival offers music (we love Timbeleza!), crafts, games, storytelling, food trucks, and most importantly the opportunity to enroll in a summer reading program.
This year PA Virtual gave participants the chance to express their creativity by making magic scratch bookmarks, which they can use all summer as they read their favorite books.
According to Story Pockets, the official blog for Children’s Services at CLP, "participating in a summer reading program can help kids and teens retain the literacy skills they have gained during the school year. Studies have shown that when kids and teens read during the summer, they are more likely to succeed when the new school year begins. Summer slide, or summer learning loss, can be challenged by reading books and engaging in out-of-school learning opportunities."
CLP's Summer Reading program allows readers to track the books they read over the course of the summer, participate in summer reading-themed programs and activities, and earn awesome prizes (like free books!). We loved meeting new families and helping make the Extravaganza a fun day, and we encourage YOU to participate in a summer reading program in your area! Contact your local library to see what programs they offer, or even make your own program. Whichever way you choose, summer is a great time to indulge in the sheer pleasures of reading!