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"Build a Better World" Summer Reading Incentive

Build a better world through Summer Reading at Pierce County Library System

Pierce County residents of all ages will improve their reading skills, earn prizes and have guaranteed fun this summer during Pierce County Library System’s Summer Reading, June 24 through Sept. 3 at all Pierce County Libraries.

"Keeping students reading during the summer is critical to keeping them on the path to school success and graduation," said Georgia Lomax, executive director for the Library System. "Studies show that children need opportunities to continue thinking and learning to avoid summer learning slide. The summer reading program helps students maintain their skills. It is also fun, free learning for all ages."

For children, events include dancing in a beehive; taking flight with parachutes, gliders and stomp rockets; building like an engineer; and meeting real zoo animals. Reading rewards include free pizza from Round Table Pizza, free admission to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and tickets to a Tacoma Rainiers game.

For teenagers, the program includes reading, online gamification programs, videos and in-community challenges. Teens will compete for badges and prizes by completing activities such as volunteering at an animal shelter and writing a post about it; reading a dancer’s biography and creating a music video; or going for a hike and posting information about what they saw. Teen rewards include gift cards to local and online retailers.

For adults, experiences include hearing from local authors, learning how to save and care for un-owned cats, finding out how to power homes with solar energy, and growing edible yards. Adult rewards include gift cards to local businesses.

For people in adult care facilities, who are homebound, in child care, or children in low-income neighborhoods, Pierce County Library also takes Summer Reading on the road with books, movies and audiobooks, as well as programs and opportunities to earn prizes.

For more information please see http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/files/library/summer-reading-launch_001.pdf or contact Mary Getchell, Marketing and Communications Director 253-548-3428.