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Summer reading boosts brainpower
Library readies for busy season
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Hannah Secodelucena listens intently as her grandmother, Kathie Dunbar, reads to her at Sharon Forks Library. - photo by File photo

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Not only can reading help children pass the time on those long summer days, it can keep their minds sharp during the academic break.

Vanessa Cowie, programming coordinator for the Forsyth County Public Library, said children and teenagers who engage in summer reading are more apt to retain language skills before the new school year starts.

“Studies have shown that reading even four or five books during the summer can be enough ... to maintain mental skills, so that when students start back to school, there’s not a lag time,” Cowie said.

Local students of all ages can use the library as a launch pad this summer.

Those interested can sign up online for the 2009 Summer Reading Fun Program, which helps students and parents track their literary journey.

The library system encourages parents and children to work together to set a goal for summer reading. They can track their progress through the library’s Web site or with a reading log.

Meeting their goal means participants get to choose a book from an assortment of materials donated by the Friends of the Forsyth County Library.

“Some library systems give away toys and trinkets, but we think it’s important to give away books,” said Stephen Kight, assistant director for public services.

Kight said library staff members “expect the reading program to be busy this summer because of the economy.”

“We think more parents are going to be turning toward cheaper alternatives,” he said. “You can’t get cheaper than free.”

The library also is offering literature-based stories and activities in conjunction with the summer reading program.

Children and parents can attend events at both library branches, Cumming and Sharon Forks, which include musicians, storytellers and puppeteers.

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