Summer reading has wrapped up for summer 2019 and 7,279 community members completed summer reading!
Our teen readers exceed their goal of reading 2,000 hours for a total of 2,651.5 hours. The Friends of the Hillsboro Library has generously agreed to donate $2,000 to HomePlate Youth Services. HomePlate is Washington County’s only non-profit provider of drop-in centers and street outreach for young people experiencing homelessness. Hillsboro teens selected this as the beneficiary for the 2019 Read for Good Summer Reading Program.
New this year, summer reading participants were asked to share how they chose to celebrate the completion of the summer reading program. Overwhelmingly, summer readers and their families are celebrating summer reading with ice cream. Yum!
Summer Reading is important because it helps young people learn and retain literacy skills. Studies have shown that young children who are read to from birth learn to read more easily than those who are not, and that school-aged children and teens who read for pleasure during the summer months retain more of the skills they learned in the previous school year.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (Birth to Age 6)
Why read 1,000 books before Kindergarten? Reading high-quality books at home is one of the best ways to get your child ready for school.
Reading 1,000 books sounds like a lot, but if you read just 3 picture books with your child every day, you will read 1,095 books in a year!