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Kids explore the world at Roseville libraries

Summer reading programs keep children learning when not in school
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Isabella Kozlov’s recent trip to Maidu Library was her first visit to the establishment, but it won’t be her last.

The 2-year-old sat around as volunteer Leslie McNeill read the book, “Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly,” and then tried her hand at making butterflies out of scrunched-up coffee filters.

“The whole thing is great for her,” said mom Maryana Kozlov.

Isabella attended a multicultural reading and crafts event July 12, held in conjunction with Roseville public libraries’ summer reading club. This year’s program is called “One World, Many Stories,” and is intended for kids up to 12 years old and focuses on cultures around the world.

About 20 kids and their mothers attended the recent event, listening as library volunteers read French-themed books and later participating in craft projects.

There is also a summer reading club for youth 12 to 18 called “You Are Here,” and one for young adults called “Novel Destinations.”

The three Roseville libraries host the annual program to encourage children to read at least 20 minutes a day during summer months. Kids who keep up on their reading once the school year ends prevent the phenomenon known as the “summer slide.”

Reading four or five books during the summer can prevent a decline in a child’s fall reading scores. Teachers spend an average of four to six weeks re-teaching material that students loose during the summer.

“(The clubs) keep children engaged during the summer months, so there is no loss of reading skills when they are not in school,” said city librarian Natasha Casteel. “It introduces younger children to books, encourages families to read together and helps sustain lifelong learning and fun. We are thrilled to see children exploring their world in our libraries.”

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com.

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Roseville Library summer reading

Clubs: “One World, Many Stories” 0 to 12. “You Are Here” 12 to 18. “Novel Destinations” 18 and older.

How to: Pick up a reading passport from the library or download one from the website. Read every day for four weeks, for at least 20 minutes a day, and fill in a box for each day. Or, choose one of the listed creative activities on the passport and fill in a box after you’ve done it. Each activity counts for one day. Youth passports require a parent’s signature. Youth and teens come into the library after they’ve read for four weeks to obtain their prizes. Adult passports are entered into a raffle for prizes.

Locations: Downtown Roseville Library, 225 Taylor St., Maidu Library, 1530 Maidu Drive and Martha Riley Community Library, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd.

Info: Call (916) 774-5221. For a complete schedule of summer reading events, visit www.roseville.ca.us/library.