COVID-19 has changed a lot of summer plans for organizations and businesses across Iowa and America, including the Des Moines Public Library. But that will not stop us from continuing with one of our most popular, important programs we do: Summer Reading! Of course, this year's version of our summer reading initiative will look a bit different, as our buildings remain closed and live programs are canceled.
More details to come, but we are pleased to announce that our 2020 summer reading program launches on July 1. It's called ...
We know that summer reading is not only a part of the summer that patrons of all ages look forward too, but it's also an important way children can stay engaged with books and education. Children on average lose about two months of reading skills over the summer if they don't stay engaged with books and activities. With the closure of schools this spring due to the pandemic, that loss could likely be greater.
Providing the summer reading program is a vital part of our mission to serve the community. Over the coming weeks, we'll be providing more information on what it'll consist of and how you can participate - think virtual programs, book lists, digital reading tracking, and more. Even during these challenging times, we hope you'll take advantage of what the library can offer you and your family.
Be sure to keep checking in here on the website for more information. If you are on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram, be sure to follow us there as well. We're excited to book our summer with you this year!