Library to Offer Summer Reading Programs

CLEARFIELD – The Joseph & Elizabeth Shaw Public Library will be participating in summer reading this year with programs for all ages.

The youth theme is “Dig Into Reading” and highlights the wonders under your feet –  root vegetables, buried treasure, dinosaur bones, evidence of ancient civilizations and, of course, the critters.  Young adults of the community may also participate by joining “Beneath the Surface” and lead the way to uncover the secrets beneath us.

Area adults aren’t left out of the fun of summer reading.  For this age group,

“Groundbreaking Reads” is the theme and encourages participants to explore the world of reading for pleasure.

According to Reading Research Quarterly, when children read 16.9 minutes a day, they are exposed to 1,168,000 words a year and test in the 70th percentile.  If they dig into reading a little deeper and average 33.4 minutes a day, they devour a staggering 2,357,000 words a year.

Nurturing a more literate society is the focus of PA Forward, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association.  The Shaw Public Library helps citizens by providing programs and activities that encourage literacy and lifelong learning among its community members.

“The summer programs are each designed to inspire reading for fun,” stated Paula Collins, library director. “However, the underlying goal is higher literacy rates for the area.”   For more information on how PA Forward impacts Pennsylvania, visit   www.paforward.org.

Collins said that reading is the root of success, and she hopes community members dig into the library’s summer reading fun.

She said the official kickoff of the summer will be held June 10-15 and will be a week-long celebration, enabling registered participants to pick up their summer packets and sign up for door prizes.

You can visit the library’s Web site, www.clearfield.org/shaw, to register and find out more information for summer reading.

The Shaw Public Library is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Fridays from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.

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