FARMINGTON — School may be getting out for most students, soon, but it’ll soon by time to “Fizz! Boom! Read!”
That’s because the Davis County Library’s Summer Reading program kicks off June 3 and goes through July 10, with activities scheduled at all seven branches.
There will be events such as “Artists on Mars,” “Bubble Blowout,” “Candy Chemistry” and “Windy Weather,” along with many others.
“One good reason for summer reading is to help students in elementary schools to continue reading through the summer,” said North Branch Library Manager Josh Johnson.
Several ways are in place to help kids do that, including a sort of reading tracker. But fun options are also available, the Bountiful native said.
“I think it’s good for children to be introduced to the library,” he said. “The library is the only place where you can get the combination of materials and help.”
As a young man, he would visit the South Branch Library, regularly exploring the world through all of the books available there.
“It was really interesting to me. I really enjoyed coming to the library,” Johnson said. “You get to choose what it is you want to find out about. It’s an adventure. Whatever you want to discovered, you can do it as a self-guided kind of thing.”
The internet is a tremendous tool, but at the library, there are librarians on hand who can be consulted if you have a question, he said.
In summer reading, you won’t have a teacher telling you that you must read a certain number of pages or for so many minutes, Johnson said.
“Summer reading encourages kids to explore things on their own. If you take a book out for four weeks, hopefully you’ll be a slightly different kid, have a different skill set” after reading that book, he said.
“Summer reading is about kids and families, coming and experiencing the library together,” Johnson said. The Children’s Library in each library is geared to make library visits fun but also useful.
“I hope they’ll stay at the library because of the resources,” the librarian said. “It’s one of those places that gives you the opportunity to learn things, to find something you didn’t know but always wanted to know about.”
He compared it to comfort food. “You just want to go, eat the whole lasagna.”
This year’s program has a science slant, but is geared to kids havi9ng fun but also doing things.
“The library serves as a backbone to keep kids interested in good communities,” Johnson said. Each branch will have two programs per week for six weeks. A summer reading web site is also being set up that can be consulted, including offering tips for things families can do at home.
For more information, call or visit your nearest branch or visit the library web site at daviscountyutah.gov/library.