Summer reading offers host of benefits for kids, adults

At the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program is underway. Summer reading programs encourage children, teens and adults to read during the summer. Educational and fun activities are offered throughout the summer. They are an important part of our library programs — and they are free.

Reading is a great pastime and is good for all ages. It also comes packed with many benefits. For many students, when schools close their doors for the summer, the opportunity to read closes with them, especially for those without access to books. “Summer slide” is a term used to describe the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievements made during the previous school year. Current research points out that summer reading reduces this summer learning loss. Reading just a few books over the summer has the potential to prevent a decline in academic scores, so even small steps are beneficial. Children that feel reading is fun, tend to read more often, so summer reading programs that are social and help make reading enjoyable are most successful. Children in library programs benefit academically from story hours, arts and crafts, and other special events designed to enhance the reading experience.

In addition, those who read more, read better; they also write better, spell better and have larger vocabularies. Children and teens tend to read more when adults in their lives encourage them to read, and also when they see those adults reading often themselves.

Children are not the only ones who benefit from summer reading.

For adults, reading reduces stress from daily life. A novel can transport you to another place and time. It is a great distraction from the present moment and will drain away tensions and let you relax. Reading increases your knowledge – who does not want to be more intelligent? Reading also provides mental stimulation Рkeeping your brain in a state of action and engagement prevents it from losing its capacity. This is especially important for seniors. Brains need exercise too, just like the muscles in your body.

For those who cannot come to the library, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library offers an Outreach Summer Reading Program for seniors and homebound patrons. The Outreach Department delivers large-print books and other library materials to dozens of nursing homes and senior living facilities throughout Seneca County. These library materials are located at the facility’s bookshelves, book carts or kept in the activity director’s office.

The Outreach Summer Reading Program instructions and reading logs also are located with the books. For each book, audiobook, ebook or magazine you read or listen to, you earn a prize entry. Prizes are Walmart and Bob Evans gift cards or a gift basket filled with prizes.

Residents may see their activity directors for more information on joining the program. Homebound patrons also may join the Outreach Summer Reading Program.

For more information,contact Beth Gottfried, outreach manager, at (419) 447-3751, ext. 113, or visit our website, www.tiffinsenecalibrary.org/summerreading.