Education Matters: Summer Reading Program


After working hard all year, most local students are now enjoying summer break.

One of the best ways to ensure they don’t lose the skills they’ve learned in the classroom is by joining a summer reading club.  “Get in the Game and Read,” is the theme of this year’s club at the Cherry Valley Public Library.  Readers can earn prizes by reaching set goals for their age group.  Older students can get service hours by volunteering.

“The fun thing about summer is the kids can pick what they like to read,” said Stacey Chester, a Children’s Librarian.  “So, if they like fantasy or mystery,  or non-fiction, there’s all kinds of good choices here for them.”

“We have a great opportunity for teens to come and volunteer over the summer too,” said Teen Services Librarian Becky Yerk.  “From 14 to 18 year olds, we have them come out and sit and help the kids record their books every week and hand out the prizes.”

Readers who reach their goals will be invited to the William Grady Pool in Belvidere for an end of summer party.  You can register for the program at the library.  It’s free for all Cherry Valley residents.

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