Sign Up for Mesa Library Summer Reading Program

~ Mesa Public Library is gearing up for a summer full of adventure and reading as they participate in the Arizona Summer Reading Program from June 1 to August 1. The library is encouraging people of all ages to join in on the fun and sign up for the program, which promotes reading for at least 20 minutes a day.

This year's theme, "Adventure Begins at Your Library," aims to inspire pre-readers through adults to explore the library, read books, win prizes, and have a great time. Mesa Library Director Polly Bonnett emphasizes that the summer reading program is not just for children, but also open to adults. "We want to make summer reading fun and accessible for everyone," she says, "and encourage parents to join in on reading with their kids."

While online registration is encouraged, there will also be events at all four Mesa Library branches on June 1 to allow library patrons to register. At the Main Library on 64 E. First St., participants can sign up from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and take part in arts and crafts activities. The Red Mountain Branch on 635 N. Power Road will be hosting a scavenger hunt from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., while the Dobson Ranch Branch on 2425 S. Dobson Road will have a Family Book Swap where attendees can exchange books in good condition for something new to read. This event supports the City of Mesa's Climate Action Plan. The Mesa Express Library (MEL) on 7045 E. Monterey Ave will also be participating with a Family Storytime from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., featuring stories, songs, and literacy-boosting activities.

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Participants can earn online badges and compete with family and friends by collecting secret codes for extra points throughout the program. These codes can be found at various locations such as City of Mesa pools, the i.d.e.a. Museum, Arizona Museum of Natural History, Mesa Arts Center, Falcon Field, and at every library event.

Registration and information on prizes can be found at Participants can also log their reading hours on the website, with every minute spent reading equaling one point. Prizes will be awarded for reaching 250, 500, 750, and 1000 points. These prizes include restaurant coupons, Arizona State Parks passes, Phoenix Mercury tickets, and free books. However, all prizes and coupons are subject to availability while supplies last. Readers who complete the program with 1000 points will also be entered into a raffle for numerous prizes.

Mesa Library's participation in the Arizona Summer Reading Program is crucial in reducing the "Summer Slide," or the learning loss experienced during the transition between school years. Studies have shown that students who participate in a summer reading program have better reading skills by the end of third grade and score higher on standardized tests than those who do not. Additionally, summer reading loss is cumulative - by the end of sixth grade, children who consistently lose reading skills over the summer will be two years behind their classmates. Just five books read over the summer can prevent this loss.

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So don't miss out on this opportunity to make your summer full of adventure and learning! Register now for Mesa Public Library's Summer Reading Program and join in on the fun of exploring new worlds through books.

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