There are plenty of summer reading programs in Columbus, but cold and snowy weather in winter is a perfect reason for students to keep up with reading. Columbus Metropolitan Library is holding the Winter Reading Challenge, in which students can earn prizes just by reading during winter.
Winter Reading Challenge helps to keep reading skills strong when students are out of school over the holidays. Students in grades K-12 can pick up a game board at any of CML’s library locations. Just for signing up, they will earn a pencil and a Winter Reading Challenge bookmark.
If students read for 6 hours and complete 5 squares by January 31, they’ll earn a book and a drawstring bag to keep!
Last winter, the program’s debut saw nearly 5,000 registrations and nearly 2,000 completions!
Studies show that kids who read during out-of-school time maintain reading skills that are critical to future school success. The Third Grade Reading Guarantee in Ohio means many central Ohio third graders could repeat the grade if they don’t pass state proficiency testing.
The libraries offer several young reading programs to ensure that your young readers will be ready for the 3rd grade proficiency tests. They also offer tons of programs for kids and teens, including homework help, tech groups, special events, and more. Check your local library for great free programming (there’s plenty for adults too)!
Find story times around Columbus to help encourage young readers!