Summer reading program helps fight ‘brain drain’

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The Wichita Public Library will begin its Summer Reading Program on May 25.

More than 10,000 children and teens are expected to enroll in the program that’s designed to help fight “summer brain drain,” according to a release issued Monday by the library.

The summer reading program is an annual tradition that has been offered by the library for more than nine decades, according to Stephanie Huff, director of the library’s marketing and communications department.

This year’s program offers three tiers for the various ages of participants. Students in the sixth grade through senior high can enroll in Teens Read; ages 3 through fifth grade participate in Kids Read. And parents with children younger than 3 can enroll in the Baby Bookworm program. Each participant keeps track of how many days they read for 20 minutes or more.

Parents can enroll their children at any of the eight libraries in Wichita. Printed reading logs will be available for children and parents to keep track of their reading. Online tracking will be available as well through the library’s website at www.wichitalibrary.org. A list of events designed to accompany the program can also be found on the events page of the library’s website.

The program is free and will continue through July 20, with prize incentives.

Beccy Tanner: 316-268-6336, @beccytanner