KPL Summer Reading Program encourages reading for all ages
For decades hundreds of people have participated in the Kasson Public Library Summer Reading Program.
That tradition has continued once again this year with 628 participants so far this year. That number is continuing to grow, Pat Shaffer-Gottschalk, the summer reading program coordinator said.
Although, Shaffer-Gottschalk said that the program has always had a lot of success, one of the biggest differences this year is the amount of teens and adults that are participating this summer.
“We have a wonderful program for kids, teens and adults,” she said. “We try to include everyone from one to 99,” she added.
By offering the program for people of all ages, Shaffer-Gottchalk explained got a lot of attention in the community, and people were very excited about it.
“A program for us that is great,”is how Shaffer-Gottschalk described the general reaction from teens and adults.
One of the main reasons why she explained the program is so important is because it helps kids learn throughout the summer still, and helps them avoid losing momentum in their reading skills.
“Reading over the summer is really important. Active reading engagement over the summer helps them be on track for the upcoming school year,” Shaffer-Gottschalk explained.
Often times, she explained that when kids don’t read enough over the summer they can fall behind and they are hoping to not only prevent that but also help students be prepared for the next grade.
“The ‘summer slide’ is when kids don’t read over the summer. We are hoping to prevent that through the program,” she said.
To ensure that they are helping kids get the most out of the program for the educational growth, they partner with the educational system to do everything they can to make sure kids don’t fall behind in the crucial area of reading.
While sometimes people don’t see reading as being a fun thing, they are trying to prove that stereotype wrong, by offering different competitions for all reading levels and ages.
“Everyone can win and have fun over the summer,” Shaffer-Gottschalk explained.
Shaffer-Gottschalk explained that her favorite part of the program is being able to see kids have fun while also reading.
“Being able to see kids who are engaged in learning and having fun all at the same time,” Shaffer-Gottschalk said.“Thats what makes the whole program amazing.”
Shaffer-Gottschalk said that they are very grateful for the community support of the program. She explained that funding comes from the Library, Library Board and through Legacy Grants.
One of the things that has gained a lot of excitement this summer Shaffer-Gottschalk said is known as “Fun Fridays.” Through a Legacy Grant they have been able to have fun events like comedians, activities outside among other things for all ages.
Even though summer has started, Shaffer-Gottschalk said that it isn’t too late to sign-up for the summer fun and that people are continuing to do so.
“People are continuing to register every day.”