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Summer Reading Program kicks off in Seneca

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SENECA, MISSOURI -

Summer means that school is out, but concern over students losing skills gained over the course of the year has libraries across Missouri working to keep students' skills sharp with summer reading programs under the theme "libraries rock".

If you don't use it, you lose it." It's a common phrase that can be used to describe the state of a student's academic skills over the summer. Pam Mendenhall, Director of Youth Services at the Newton County Library says that, "...studies show that if they do not continue to read throught the summer that they lose ground with reading. If they keep up their reading, then they're pretty much on the same track as they were when they left off at the end of the school year."

Cathy Myers, a former educator herself, confirms that students are likely to regress during their time off.


"I saw that every year and then by conference time, you know the parents were concerned and I just say well that's kind of a normal thing if you don't do any reading during the summer that's just, that's just something that happens."


Myers, whose five grandchildren are a part of the program, says that she hopes the reading program will inspire future reading as children grow into adults.
"With the younger children we just need to foster that love of reading so it's a lifelong habit."


The Seneca Library is one of many libraries across the state to take advantage of this year's summer reading program's theme, "libraries rock," and their kick-off for their event included music performed by the Seneca show choir to get kids excited about music and reading. Mendenhall says this program is beneficial on a number of levels.


"Not only does it help with just the reading, but it gives them an adventure in the summer."


That adventure will continue June through July with the program having already four hundred people enrolled.

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