WASHINGTON, May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Registration starts now for a shared summer reading program that will reach military families in all branches around the globe. Readers of all ages can have fun exploring a world of book choices around the theme "Have Book, Will Travel." Most library programs will run eight weeks with open enrollment during the summer. Activities will range by location and include everything from "The Amazing Race" scavenger hunts to postcard projects to "Around the World" crafts and movie nights.
"Last summer we set a new reading record: more than 13.2 million minutes spent reading! Each year the program is making a bigger impact on families' lives," said Nilya Carrato, Program Assistant, Navy General Library Program. "This year's theme will resonate with our families, who really are on the move, and a book can be a safe and comforting place as they travel the world."
Decades of research shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. Summer reading programs can help to offset this loss, because studies also indicate students who read recreationally out-performed those who don't. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests.
"You have really motivated my reader to read more—but more importantly you have motived my 'non-reader' to read, read, read!" raved one parent. "I am thrilled!!"
Sponsored by the Department of Defense with program content developed by iREAD, "Have Book, Will Travel" will reach thousands of families. The theme is brought to life by illustrators Anna Dewdney (of the "Llama Llama" series), Terri Murphy and Samantha Schroeder. Resource guides for the initiative were developed by librarians for librarians to motivate children to read. This year marks the fourth in which 200 base and installation libraries will participate in the summer reading program.
"Summer reading programs are valuable not only in building a lifelong love of reading, but also as a means for families and children to spend time together, an especially important aspect for military families," Carrato added.
For more information, please call Nilya Carrato at 202-433-0785 or email [email protected].
SOURCE Navy General Library Program