Thursday, June 9, 2016

‘On Your Mark, Get Set ... READ!’

On counter-top, a stack of bookmarks proclaiming, 'On Your Mark, Get Set ... Read' next to running figures, with smaller lettering beneath that proclaims, 'When school lets out, summer reading begins at Jackson County libraries!' The bookmarks are arranged on top of other documents. Behind them is a sign with an enlarged image of a library card. Lettering above the library-card graphic reads, 'The Most Important School Supply of All.' Below the sign graphic, lettering reads, 'Sign up for a free library card at your public library. Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Children's Department: 541-774-6995.'

Jackson County Library Services is promoting “Summer Read” activities that begin as soon as school lets out. Registration is free, and sign-ups can be done at any branch in the system.

In Bellview school library, I’ve incorporated a graphic from this year’s Summer Read theme into bookmarks that proclaim, “On Your Mark, Get Set ... READ!” My counter-top display pairs the Summer Read bookmarks with my library card sign-up promotion sign.

Summer reading programs are a great antidote to the “summer slide,” that drop in children’s reading skills when they don’t engage in educational activities. And truthfully, this adult looks forward each year to filling out her own reading log for the adults’ Summer Read program.

As the bookmarks’ wording indicates, this year’s program has a sports and fitness theme. Learn more at your nearest branch library or online at

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