Hello to summer fun, so long to ‘summer slide’

Kids at Camano Island Library
Kids at Camano Island Library. Reading 4 to 6 books is enough to stop “summer slide”

Children and teens from around Snohomish and Island counties have discovered Explore Summer, a fun and engaging way to fight “summer slide” — that dip in academic skills that can happen when students are away from the classroom. This year’s theme: Libraries Rock!

In partnership with school districts and generously supported by The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, Explore Summer aims to keep kids and teens reading all summer – and rewards them for doing so. More information and simple online registration is available at sno-isle.org/summerkids/ and sno-isle.org/summerteens.

There’s much more to Explore Summer than books. Our 23 libraries are hosting themed storytimes, music making workshops, and other STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) happenings — a wide array of events for kids and teens so they can continue learning in a fun environment. Teens can also participate by downloading free music, volunteering, and entering contests on the Sno-Isle Teens Blog.

This month, dear Library Ambassador, we want to hear from you! Did the library play a starring role in your summers as kid? Any fond memories of relaxing with a good book when the days stretched out on end and it seemed like you had all the time in the world? If so, please share your stories with us on Facebook and Twitter (@snoislelibrary) and tag us with #LibraryAmbassadors. You are also welcome to email Christine at cstansfield@sno-isle.org.

Happy Summer!