Over three hundred kids around Minot participated in the Summer Reading Program.
“It’s been proven that if kids read during the summer, it helps prevent the summer slide. So it helps them to remember what they learned last spring for school starting in the fall.” said Ward County Library Administrator, Kerri Tyler.
Children tracked their reading by either pages read or minutes dedicated to the task.
“I’ve been doing the Teen Reading Program since I was a little kid and I just enjoy getting to read more about it. It’s a lot of books, we get to choose what we want to read, get a Bingo sheet and get a prize for it at the end.” said Rebecca Schlichting, Teen in Summer Reading Program.
“Reading helps you with so many skills. It helps you with your social skills, it helps with math and science. Reading is kind of the cornerstone of education.” said Minot Public Library Children’s Associate Librarian, Randi Monley.
Even the kids saw the benefits.
“Just to get, you know, my brain working for school and, you know, so I can make, like, get ready for fifth grade.” said Jaden Grosz, Child in Summer Reading Program.
“It helps build kids imagination. You can go into lands you didn’t -aren’t able to in this world and you can just see what you want to see and it’s kind of -opens your eyes to different possibilities.” said Rebecca Schlichting.
The pages and minutes read have been counted up, and now it’s time to celebrate with games and prizes.
“This is awesome. This is a great program to have. I mean, we drove up and I couldn’t believe how many people were here. It was a great, get everyone involved.” said Jamie Kemper, Parent.
The theme of this year’s program was to build a better world, and it looks like they’re doing just that with over fifty-five thousand hours of reading completed by the children.