Every summer the Flora Public Library hosts a Summer Reading Program for area children and adults. The purpose of the program is preventing summer slide. Summer slide is the term used when a child loses knowledge and skills gained in last school year over summer break. Children who do not read during the summer can lose up to 2 months of the knowledge they learned in the preceding school year and lag behind when they return to school in the fall.
The Summer Reading Program is structured to provide the reader with an incentive to read. Using the Beanstack reading app, the children can earn badges for the number of minutes they read. Each badge is an entry into weekly drawings and those who reach their goal for the summer get a chance at a grand prize drawing at the end of the program.
There is also a reading program for adult readers. For every 5 items an adult reads they get an entry into a grand prize drawing.
As part of the Summer Reading Program the library offers several programs during the summer months. We try to get shows that are educational as well as entertaining. Past programs have included Mad Science, Animal programs, puppet shows, and historical reenactments such as Mark Twain and Amelia Earhart. To register for Summer Read, click here.
Flora Public Library tries to provide an ongoing schedule of programs for adults and children alike. These programs include local authors, a Christmas program, movie nights, programs for Children’s Book Week, National Library Week, Family Reading Night, among others.
In addition to the Summer Reading Program, the library also offers 2 other programs on the Beanstack app. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program to set the pre-school aged child on the road to success. The Bookworms Reading Challenge gives both school age children and adults an incentive to read more books. Both challenges are self-led and ongoing. Signing up for these challenges is easy. Click here or go to Google or Apple play and download the free app. Once you are in the Beanstack app sign up and accept a challenge.