Having fun isnít hard ... when youíve got a library card

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Summer is a time to kick back and relax after nine months of school and stress. Itís also a time to catch up on some leisurely reading school doesnít allow you to do. This summer, Iím trying to finish as many books as I can, and you should, too.

Reading takes you to a different world and on an adventure, while being able to sit in one place without having to deal with air travel. It allows you to understand different circumstances people go through in life that you may not have thought about before. It helps you open your mind up to different ideas and allows you to think differently.

I have been reading for as long as I can remember. Books have influenced me so much that I declared a major in English to continue that love of reading. Before I started getting into more classes in school and working a lot, I could read close to 60 books in a year. One summer, I would go to the library and check out at least three books every week and if I checked out one, the librarians thought it was strange.

Kids should try to read during the summer. I know school is out and they want to watch TV or play outside, and they still can. Being active and going outside is important for the body, but reading is important for the brain. Plus, reading is like watching TV. You get the story laid out for you, but the images are created in your mind. By reading at a young age, it will help you in your future. Reading helps your writing skills and develops creativity.

Adults should encourage kids to read as well as read books themselves. Set a good example for kids. Help get them a library card if they donít have one already and read books to them or help them make selections which interest them. And have them join the summer reading program at the library. I loved doing it and I wish I could still. It sets goals for kids and it feels good to achieve them.