Westerville Library Gives Away Free Books to Jumpstart Summer Reading

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To encourage reading throughout the summer, the Westerville Public Library recently distributed more than 6,000 free books to all elementary school students in the Westerville City School District.

During school assemblies in May, librarians invited pupils of all ages to set a personal reading goal and when met, earn a second book through the library’s annual Summer Reading Program.

Numerous studies indicate that students who do not read or read infrequently during their summer vacation see their reading abilities stagnate or decline. To ensure that youngsters remain engaged and continue to practice their reading skills outside of school, the library’s program is designed to keep reading fun, allowing students to read what they like and set a personal goal that is both challenging yet attainable.

In addition, children and their families can extend their reading experience with free immersive literacy experiences held at the library, from puppet shows to chef battles to interactive music performances.  For more information, please visit westervillelibrary.org/read.