Summer Reading at King County Library System

For the last few weeks, schools have been letting out. Summer vacation has officially begun for kiddos across the Eastside, and with it, the old foe: boredom.

If you haven’t gotten your kids (our yourself) involved in summer reading through your local library in the past, make this the year that you do. A semi-structured summer reading program can be great for kids of all ages because it prevents the “summer slide” — loss of reading skills while school isn’t in session.

Research shows that children and teens retain their reading skills when they are encouraged to read for their own enjoyment, which means selecting their own reading material. That’s what’s great about summer reading: It doesn’t matter what you read, so long as you’re reading something.

King County Library System allows participants of all ages to track reading time online and redeem prizes when they hit certain benchmarks. Tracking started June 1, and starting July 1, you can bring your log into the library for a prize when you’ve hit 500 minutes.

After 1,000 minutes, head to your nearest library again with your log to get your final prize. The last day to pick up prizes will be September 7.

If you’re more of an audiobook listener, no worries! Those count toward your reading total, too.

Adults are also encouraged to participate: Reading for pleasure improves brain health, reduces stress, and provokes learning and growth.

Visit to find your local library, track minutes, and learn more about summer reading options.

is an assistant editor at 425 magazine.
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