Merced County Library’s summer reading program for students, Read to the Rhythm, launches Monday.
“During the next two months, area libraries will host a range of free activities for children to encourage and support a love of reading,” county officials said in a news release. “Participants will earn prizes for reaching reading goals.”
Themed events include Journey of the Polynesians, Instrument Petting Zoo, Didgeridoo Down Under, EM Reptiles and Kid’s Talent Show.
Participants read for at least 20 minutes each day and mark off a reading log for every day of reading.
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After 14 days of reading, participants can bring in the reading log to earn a prize at their library.
“Studies show that children who read recreationally over the summer outperform those who did not,” county officials said. “Our libraries are committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all families.”
Read to the Rhythm runs through Aug. 8.