Kids Connection

by Becky Nelson

Salida Regional Library

Summer reading has begun at Salida Regional Library once again. If you are not signed up there is still time, and we would like for you to join us in all the fun of reading.

The theme this year is “Universe of Stories.” We are reading out of this world. Look for us in the FIBArk Parade Saturday and see what the library has in store for everyone to enjoy this year.

Everyone should be reading at least 15 minutes a day to keep that brain functioning during your days off from school. Reading is nourishment for your learning. The program is free, and did you know you could also get a library card for free (ages 5 and older)?

Children receive 1 point for every page read either by reading it themselves or someone else reading it to them. We have super great prizes provided by local businesses, and we are so appreciative that they are interested in the readers of the future as well.

The program has been in full swing for a few weeks, and we have plenty more to go. Last day to register is July 11 for children 2 years old though those completing sixth grade. We also have a teen reading program for incoming seventh- through 12th-graders. Check it out.

The library has so much to offer it is amazing. Did you know we have books in Spanish, French, German and Italian? We also have DVDs that teach you these languages as well and lots of movies.

Maybe you are going on a trip this summer and want the family to be entertained during the long drive. Check out the audio book collection and listen to a great classic or a story that is liked by all while traveling in the car. What a great way to pass the time.

There are also book and CD combinations that your child can read along with; these are great for beginner readers. There are lots of books to read, so I’m sure you can find something that interests you.

Maybe your child would like to read about frogs, turtles, horses, lions, airplanes or rockets or learn to draw. You can find all those subjects at your local library. The staff is just waiting to help you with whatever your question may be.

There are lots of free programs happening for all ages this summer – check out our website or follow us on Facebook.

The library is open seven days week for 70 hours. With those hours, how could anyone not get to the library?

We are excited about the reading program and getting children introduced to books and a world of adventure. Every book has an adventure that will take you to another world. You can escape from your busy schedule and get lost in the galaxy with a story.

See you at the library!

Becky Nelson is children’s librarian at Salida Regional Library.