Youth Summer Reading Program begins May 26 ‘Build a Better World’ at Citrus County libraries

Special to the Chronicle

The Citrus County Library System will kick off its annual Youth Summer Reading Program from 2-4 p.m. Friday, May 26, at the Lakes Region Branch in Inverness.

The free event will reflect the overall theme of the summer by encouraging participants to “Build a Better World.” The construction theme will be punctuated with a special presentation and activity using LEGO bricks.

Citrus libraries will offer special summer events and activities at each branch at regular times throughout the summer. The goal of the Youth Summer Reading Program is to keep children reading over the summer and help them retain and improve their reading comprehension skills, so they will excel in the upcoming school year. Citrus Libraries offers a number of fun and educational activities to draw in reluctant readers and get them more familiar with their local library.

Children can also participate in several incentive programs which are designed to keep them motivated and provide realistic goals to work toward. Most of these incentive programs involve the child tracking what and for how long they read during the week, and receiving small rewards like a toy or book while working toward larger rewards like tickets to a Rays baseball game or the chance to win a new bicycle.

The entire summer schedule can be found on activities will also be highlighted on Facebook.

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