It's almost summer and at the Dodge City Public Library that means we are planning for summer reading. We have a very exciting summer planned for the community.

Each year, many local students experience what is called "summer slide" and actually lose some of the academic gains they made during the previous school year. One of the best ways to combat this problem is to read over the summer.

The summer reading program at the Dodge City Public Library has thousands of books for kids to access during the summer while their school libraries are closed.

In addition to the sheer number of books, the summer reading program offered by the library actually rewards students for reading. And let's not underestimate the value of simply staying engaged throughout the summer.

Participating in library activities is much healthier than sleeping in or looking at a television, tablet, or phone screen all day.

The fun begins May 30 at the library with a huge kick-off celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. to get the summer started and participants registered.

A variety of exciting games and activities will be offered. Weekly programs will then follow throughout the summer.

Scheduled weekly activities include magicians, group games, puppet shows, science and engineering experiments, and more. As always, programs at the library are free and open to all.

The 2018 Youth Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through young adult, with programs, prizes, reading and more.

Registration begins May 30.

For more information, contact Youth Librarian Rozanna Bennett at 620-225-0248 or visit our website, www.dcpl.info.