Dive into the deep end with the Summer Reading Program – Estes Park Trail-Gazette

The dog days of summer are upon us. Keep cool by relaxing in the shade with a new book! While you’re at it, dive into the Summer Reading Program: Oceans of Possibilities, and you could take home some really great prizes.

Kids can earn fun toys like a shark glider, color-me dolphin, make-your-own wooden sailboat and foam boat, and a fuzzy fish coloring poster.

Now through July 30, readers of all ages can enter the Summer Reading Program and log their reading times (audio books count!) online. Full details are available at estesvalleylibrary.org.

Dive into the Summer Reading Program: Oceans of Possibilities, and you could take home some really great prizes.
Dive into the Summer Reading Program: Oceans of Possibilities, and you could take home some really great prizes.

Register for the program and record your reading in order to win fabulous, themed prizes. Kids can earn fun toys like a shark glider, color-me dolphin, make-your-own wooden sailboat and foam boat, and a fuzzy fish coloring poster. Teens and tweens can win a shark hoodie, an octopus tapestry, a jellyfish lamp, a Nintendo switch light, a family 4-pack of Denver Aquarium tickets, and much more. And adults can earn gift certificates to local businesses like the Estes Park Mountain Shop, Country Market, Reel Mountain Theater, and others. Adults can also enter to win one of two tablets loaded with the Library’s digital collections!

Adults can earn gift certificates to local businesses like the Estes Park Mountain Shop, Country Market, Reel Mountain Theater, and others.
Adults can earn gift certificates to local businesses like the Estes Park Mountain Shop, Country Market, Reel Mountain Theater, and others.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out the list of great Summer Reading Program events. Kids can participate in squid dissection and other fun science projects, mermaid/dragon eggs and glow-in-the-dark ocean painting crafts, and lots more. Adults can enjoy ocean-themed poetry sessions and talks with authors. New this year: everyone can earn reading time by attending these events.

The Summer Reading Program isn’t just an ocean of fun – it’s also great for your brain! For students, summer reading is essential to avoid the “summer slide”. Studies show that children who read for summer enjoyment return to school in the fall primed and ready to learn (for others, it can take weeks to catch up).

For adults, summer reading stimulates lifelong learning and connects us with a community of fellow readers. Multiple studies show the benefits of reading: it’s relaxing, reduces stress, promotes good health, and keeps our creativity and memory skills sharp.

Nearly 300 local readers are already signed up, with more being added each day. Join them by visiting estesvalleylibrary.org. Special thanks to the donors of the Library Friends & Foundation for making the Summer Reading Program possible.

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