Read for Fun: Library’s Summer Reading Program


The Fairfax County Public Library invites kids and teens to participate in the 2012 Summer Reading Program. Held in cooperation with Fairfax County Public Schools, the library’s Summer Reading Program, runs June 15-Sept. 1 and encourages students from preschool to high school to read for fun during the summer. To participate, register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library or visit a branch beginning June 15.

Preschoolers through sixth graders read 15 books (kids can have books read to them), and those in grades 7-12 read eight books. Kids can read any books they choose; those who want a list of reading suggestions can find them on the library’s website or pick up recommended lists at a branch.

Those who finish reading the required number of books by Sept. 1 will receive a coupon book with a variety of prizes and discounts, including free ice cream, pizza, bowling, laser adventures, admission to water parks, admission to some Fairfax County Park Authority facilities including RECenters, nature centers and miniature golf, as well as craft supplies, a free doughnut and other discounts. More than 25 businesses and organizations have donated over $4.5 million worth of coupons for free and reduced priced items to reward Fairfax County students for reading during the summer.

Also, an array of events will entertain and educate children at library branches all summer long. Kids can enjoy puppet shows, magic and improv theater; meet raptors, reptiles and other creatures; make jewelry, embellish clothes and much more.

All events and activities are free, but often fill up quickly; registration is required for most. Please sign up online or at a branch beginning two weeks before an event. Ask for signed interpretation or assistive listening devices when you call (TTY users can call 703-324-8365).

The Summer Reading Program is funded through generous donations including $42,500 from the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library for family and school age programming at all libraries plus other special prizes; $17,000 from the Fairfax Library Foundationto pay for the printing of the coupon book and performers at various branches, and $7,500 from the Friends of the Kings Park Library for teen programming at all branches plus special prizes.

Studies have shown that children who read more become better readers. Children who read over the summer months often gain, rather than lose, important skills. Reading is a skill for life, and, as with any skill, practice is key.

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-8380, TTY 703-324-8365.

Fairfax County Public Library
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 324
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Media Contact: Mary Mulrenan
703-324-8319, TTY 703-324-8365, Fax 703-324-3180
librarynews@fairfaxcounty.gov
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library
May 30, 2012


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