Summer is a time for play, sports, recreation activities and yes, for reading, This is when you have the time to curl up with a good book and totally immerse yourself in it. To encourage reading, various libraries and the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) have a number of events and programs to promote literacy for children and for adults. Whether reading for fun or learning to read, what better time than summer to get into a good story?
UNLV 2013 Summer Reading Programs
UNLV Continuing Education is offering eight different reading skills programs, designed and taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development. Classes are located in Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and at UNLV. These classes have been offered since 1990 and are comprehensive, interesting ways to enhance children’s and adults’ reading levels. The youngest children learn reading readiness and beginning phonics. Emergent readers enhance these skills by the use of sight words, phonics and independent reading. Third graders learn to decode long words, increase fluency and comprehension and become stronger independent readers. The goal for children 6th grade and over is to allow them to enjoy reading more by giving them increased speed, comprehension and by teaching them study skills. Classes for older students enhance existing skills and develop a love of books and reading. These classes give children skills for life. Adults will increase their speed and comprehension in reading while enjoying both non-fiction and fiction.
Date: June 1 through Aug. 3
Between June 1 and August 3, 2013, the Las Vegas/Clark County Public Libraries will be holding a Summer Reading Club. All individuals are urged to register online and record the number of books read. The contest is open to children up to five year old, kindergarten through grade 5 and grade 6 and up. Every five books read earns a “book buck,” which can be exchanged for a book of your choice at at LVCCLD Foundation used bookstore. This is valid through August 15.
Henderson Libraries Summer Reading Challenge
Date: June 8 through Aug. 24
Henderson Libraries will host the Summer Reading Challenge at all of its four Henderson libraries. The Summer Reading Challenge is a fun way to encourage children, teens and adults to continue reading. It is not for those who are behind in school; rather, it is a fun activity for the whole family. It also includes a photo contest for children, teens and adults with the theme of “Breaking New Ground.” Children from birth through four years who achieve 2.5 to 7.5 hours of reading win a trip to the treasure box for a prize. Those with 10 hours of reading may choose a book and will receive a cookie coupon. Children between five and 11 years of age are rewarded after five to 15 hours of reading, with a trip to the treasure box. After 20 hours of reading, they receive their choice of book and a pass to the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. Teens ages 12 through 17 are given an entry to a weekly drawing for every two hours they log. If they achieve 20 hours, they receive a book. Adults ages 18 and over have prizes awarded according to minutes read. There are some excellent grand prizes, including tickets to the Mob Museum and a $100 gift basket from Trader Joe’s.
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Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.