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Beyond the Bookshelf: It's time to 'Exercise Your Mind – Read!'

Published: Thursday, June 9, 2016 11:44 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, June 9, 2016 11:58 a.m. CDT

The countdown is underway at the Geneva Public Library. In six days, we launch our annual community-wide Summer Reading Program. The 2016 theme is "Exercise Your Mind – Read!"

The program begins May 25 and runs through Aug. 3. It's open to all ages, with prizes available at every reading level. Our youth and adult services departments have planned this launch for months, and we can't wait to begin.

A 2013 study from the American Academy of Neurology found that reading provides a workout for our brains and may preserve memory. For students, reading is also a great way to stay engaged during summer break.

"Participating in the Summer Reading Program helps your child keep learning, even when school is out,” said youth services manager Kristi Miller. “Just like learning to tie your shoes, becoming a good reader takes practice. Going to the library as a family, talking about what YOU like to read and why, and allowing your child to make independent book choices are ways to make reading a lifelong habit. The more your child reads, the better reader, writer and speller he/she will become!”

Meanwhile, our Adult Summer Reading Program is bigger and better than ever this year.

“We have some fun and fresh ideas for this year’s summer reading program that are sure to appeal to everyone,” said adult services manager Nancy Kendzior. “Teen and Adult participants will earn entries for great prizes and fun giveaways for reading books, watching movies or attending library programs and community events. We want to celebrate the variety of interests of all of our library users. Everyone who signs up will also receive a sign-up gift and be entered in our weekly registration drawing as well. Join us this summer at Geneva Public Library.”

We're adding a new element to our Summer Reading Program this year as a way to recognize the many Geneva businesses who support our program. Watch our Facebook page for details – we have more than two dozen local businesses participating already – and we'll have different events and prizes throughout the summer. We hope you'll join the fun and support our local business community.

A note from customer service

The library is closed on May 30 for Memorial Day. However, we are open 24/7 at www.gpld.org.

'The Librarian Recommends'

Middle school librarian Kylie Peters said "A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness is a "chilling, moving tale that blends horror and fantasy into a startlingly honest look at the experiences of a boy coping with his mother's cancer. Read it before the movie, starring Liam Neeson, comes out later this year!"

Paula Krapf is public relations and marketing coordinator for the Geneva Public Library. The “Beyond the Bookshelves” column runs the third Thursday of each month. Feedback can be sent to editorial@kcchronicle.com.

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