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Summer Reading Club Plus YOU, Equals Fun for All Ages

By: Marcey Evans

Avid readers of all ages can join Summer Reading Club 2013 and win prizes for doing what you love!Join the club! Everyone is invited to join the Summer Reading Club 2013 at any Memphis Public Library location. From June 1 – July 27, children, teens, and adults can cash in on the benefits of reading.

“It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s easy,” said Mary Seratt, Library youth services coordinator and event organizer. “Participants can win prizes for doing something that’s free, fun, and easy!”

In addition to winning prizes, youthful readers can avoid the summer slump as they “Dig into Reading” – the children’s theme for this year’s event. “Non-readers can lose between two and three months of progress over the summer,” Seratt explained. “That means teachers have to spend time re-teaching skills students learned before the break, instead of covering new material.”

Humanities manager and teen coordinator Everna Andrews said teens can get “Beneath the Surface” during Summer Reading too. “Reading is empowering,” she said. It provides a three-in-one experience, allowing teens to be the student, the teacher, and the master by using their eyes and minds. Reading is like money in the bank and in your pockets too,” Andrews said.

But, Summer Reading isn’t just for kids and teens. Adults Services Coordinator Wang-Ying Glasgow said adults are encouraged to make “Groundbreaking Reads” throughout the summer also. “Summer Reading is for everyone,” Glasgow stressed. “We want to encourage lifelong learning and to foster a love for reading among all ages. Parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles serve as role models for young people in our community, so we want adults to set a positive example,” she said. “We encourage adults to start reading and to get the incentives that come with it – not just (Summer Reading) prizes but the enrichment to life overall.”

To participate in Summer Reading Club 2013, Library customers can visit their local Library branch to sign up or register online at http://web.memphislibrary.org/adult-summer-reading-2013/entry-form. Each week, readers log the number of books or hours they’ve read and win prizes. For every 10 books or 10 hours read, participants’ names will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize at the summer’s end.

For more details on Summer Reading Club, call (901) 415-2700. Happy reading!