Columbus Summer Reading Program Seeing Success

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One month after the Columbus Metropolitan Library launched its "Summer Reading Club," the Library says tens of thousands of children, teens and adults have signed up.

The program is helping many stay on track with their reading.

Family story time at the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Dublin Branch is a Friday morning favorite for Carol Naples and her three boys.

"It's important to keep the reading going, it's important to be exposed to different books, stories, and help their imaginations grow," said mom Carol Naples.

Family story time, is just one of the many reading activities, in the Library's Summer Reading Club.

Once you sign up you can earn prizes for the number of hours you read.

A little summer fun designed to keep children's reading skills strong.

"It is very important to us that we keep kids reading here at the library at all 21 locations," said Ben Zenitsky, Marketing and Communications Specialist with the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

The Columbus Metropolitan Library says its already signed up nearly 60-thousand people. But say they will continue to sign up students because successful reading in the summer is good for them when they go back to school in the fall.

"Studies have shown that kids who do not read over the summer are vulnerable to what is called  summer setback and they can actually lose reading skills they've gained during the school year," said Zenitsky

Naples says that one reason she wants to make sure her boys read this summer.

"Of course, it makes me want to insure that my kids can read and progressing at the right speed," said Naples.

But she also wants them to have fun.

"They truly enjoy it, they like to sit right up front and see the pictures.">

Naples says if they enjoy it they'll make it a habit.