The science behind summer reading is pretty unequivocal: do it; it helps you read better.
This year’s state summer reading program’s theme is “Build a Better World.” The more readers there are, the better the world will be.
The summer program is hosted throughout June, July and August at different locations across the state. The Schenectady County Public Library hosts local events.
Last year over 2 million children and teens participated in the summer reading program at one of their local libraries, according to the state Education Department.
To get involved drop by a local library for one of the many activities across the county on different days and at different times throughout the summer.
For exact details call the library or visit the website.
Summer reading activities started June 26, with a summer reading camp program for kids ages six to 11 or entering first through fifth grades at the Glenville branch. Register for ongoing activities and kick the summer off with a craft.
The kick-off continues June 27 with the official launch of the Build a Better World program, locally, at the Niskayuna branch. Drop in between 2 and 4 p.m.
Events then run Mondays at 2 p.m. at the Glenville branch, starting July 10 and running through Aug. 15.
The Niskayuna branch hosts “toddler time” literacy activities at 9:30 a.m. for kids 24 to 36 months. That is followed at 10:30 a.m. by a pre-school story time for kids 3 to 5 years.
The Build a Better World activities at the Woodlawn branch run on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m.
The activities, which center on the summer reading program and theme, touch on a wide array of subject types. Some activities tie music and movement together, while others are focused on science or art. A magician is scheduled to visit summer reading groups in August.