GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Looking for an exciting way to enhance your summer, learn something new and qualify for prizes in the process?

Look no further, as Kent District Library presents its popular Summer Reading program with a wide range of books, programs and activities for children and adults. In 2018, over 18,000 people completed the program.

This year’s annual program kicks off Monday, June 3 and extends through Saturday, August 10. You can sign up at, or just stop into any KDL branch for details.

“We love offering great programs for all ages every summer,” said Kip Odell, programming manager. “This summer we are presenting a lot of new and exciting performers that are coming to West Michigan for the first time.  Our goal is to keep reading fun all summer long!”

Those who register for Summer Reading at KDL can qualify for prizes by tallying the number of books they read, or tracking the points they accumulate by completing activities.

But perhaps the best gain – especially for students – is how reading throughout the vacation months helps forestall the “summer slide” that negatively affects learning between the end and start of the traditional school year.

Extensive research shows that children involved in summertime reading programs sponsored by public libraries are more likely to maintain their academic skills, and in many cases do better on standardized tests.

This summer’s program lineup will include appearances by 1,2,3 Andrés, Magician Tom Plunkard, Audacious Hoops and many more. 

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