No need for the kids to be bored during the school break, thanks to the summer reading program at Cochise County’s rural libraries.
Families and children are invited to be a part of the “Libraries Rock!” initiative at the Bowie, Elfrida and Sunsites libraries, where there will be free events, good books, and prizes.
“Reading during the summer months has been shown to prevent ‘summer slide’ and help school age children go back to school ready to learn,” said Amadee Ricketts, Director of Cochise County Library District. “Of course, reading is good for you at any age, and libraries offer summer programs to encourage people of all ages to read more and read more often.”
Here’s what’s happening at each location:
Bowie’s Jimmie Libhart Library (201 N. Central Ave., 520-847-2522)
The fun is already underway with drop-in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities available every day the library is open. Whether they are interested in geology, technology, or hands-on mechanics, kids will find a wide range of activities to choose from. The library will also offer weekly prize drawings, and kids who read (or have someone read to them) will earn an entry for each book read. The summer program in Bowie will continue until school starts in August.
Elfrida Library (10552 N. Hwy 191, 520-642-1744)
The “Libraries Rock!” summer reading program will run from June 12 through July 20. The library will present free, family-friendly programs including Arizona geology, star viewing parties, and even a hands-on music workshop offered in partnership with the Tombstone City Library. The Elfrida Library will also offer free summer lunches for kids and teens under 18, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays starting June 12. Children who sign up and attend events will be entered in a prize drawing at the end of the program, and registration is open now. Check the Elfrida Library Facebook page for a full schedule of events and the latest updates.
Sunsites Community Library (210 N. Ford Rd., 520-826-3866)
Sunsites has something for everyone this summer, with reading programs for kids, teens, and adults, June 11 through July 14. Special events kick off June 4, with a Summer Reading Camp for ages 3 and up. The family fun will continue with presentations on geology, music, gold panning, and more. To participate in the reading program, simply sign up at the library and pick up a reading record. Children will earn a small prize for every week that they spend at least one hour reading or being read to. Teens and adults will earn an entry in a weekly prize drawing for every book they read. Visit Sunsites Community Library on Facebook for event details and updates.
Learn more about the libraries at www.cochiselibrary.org, or call the Cochise County Library District at 520-432-8930.
Wherever you go in Cochise County this summer, look for fun library events and remember that “Libraries Rock!”
A young library member takes advantage of the STEM activities at Bowie Library