Monterey Library’s summer reading program keeps kids engaged – California News

Monterey Library’s summer reading program keeps kids engaged – California News

Monterey >> Available to anyone willing to open a book and read it, the Monterey Library’s summer reading program is especially helpful to underprivileged kids who might not have access to as many summertime activities as their more privileged counterparts.

The program, which involves interactive activities and tracking time spent reading, offers incentives to participants in hopes of keeping them from straying from the path of learning during their long summer break. It was started to help less advantaged children, who often face a disadvantage in maintaining their math and reading skills.

“The idea is that during the summer if kids don’t continue reading and learning they can lose up to two to three months worth of proficiency in both reading and math,” said Monterey Library Director Inga Waite. “That’s why libraries across the country provide this.”

In the case of Monterey, the library has partnered with local businesses and non-profits like the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Sports Center to provide passes for various activities. Those activities, like The Happy Birds Show that educated some 50 school-age children and teens about parrots on the Colton Hall lawn on Tuesday, serve to entertain, provide fun facts and motivate participation.

Activities for teens this summer include a computer coding class and a clothing design workshop as part of this year’s “Reading by Design” curriculum, which is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) focused.

And for the first time this year, the library is partnering…

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