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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | May 28, 2008

So you just got out of school and you’re already bored? Haven’t you caught the reading bug?

The theme of this year’s summer reading program at Estherville Public Library is Catch the Reading Bug, and boy, do they have something just right for you.

The official kickoff is June 2 with a movie at 5 and 7 p.m. Registration ends June 13 and the program goes through July 12.

This year’s program includes sessions from 1-3 p.m. June 9, 16, 23, and 30 plus a program presented by Iowa Public Television 10 and 11 a.m. July 10. Family awards night will be July 16.

In the program, kids read 15 minutes a day and turn in their reading log at the end of every week to become eligible for prizes.

The summer reading program is a great way for kids to keep up on their reading skills. Studies show that unless students continue to read through the summer, they lose three months of what they’ve learned. With a steady reading regimen, though, they can actually gain knowledge and exceed what their peers know.

Parents, too, can benefit by a regimen of summer reading. Whether it’s at the beach, driving on vacation, or a relaxing hour or two on the patio before or after work, summer reading is something you never stop enjoying.

So go ahead and catch the reading bug this summer. And don’t wait for the summer reading program to begin to start your summer reading!