This a photo of some of the new books at the Library for elementary school aged youth. They are some of the thousands of books kids have to choose from when they decide to spend some of their summer vacation reading. We love it when a new book gets checked out - we love it even more when the book is returned with a big smile of approval. Kids today have so many activities they're involved in but taking the time to read some books will benefit them in a lot of ways. A statistic we found today shows that children who are given access to books over the summer perform 35-40% better on reading achievement tests than those without access. The research seems to support that there is such a thing as the "summer slide" - where the benchmark reached at the end of a school year fades away over the summer if kids don't continue reading during those months away from school. The Library runs a great summer program put together by all of the staff and we work closely with the schools to get kids signed up and participating. We invite all kids and families to come to the Library and spend some time sharing the fun with others.