By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
Four-year-old Lyla Reed of Corinth loves to read a children’s book series about a pigeon.
She was at the Corinth Library with her 6-month-old sister, Lydia, and their mom, Amy, on Friday looking for some exciting stories.
“We love to read,” said Amy, adding that it helps her children with language development, listening and comprehension.
The mom and her children sat in the children’s library area and looked through a stack of books, including Lyla’s selection, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!”
Lyla even reads to her baby sister. Reading is fun and allows her to “learn about new things,” Lyla added.
Most children between the ages of 6-17 enjoy reading books over the summer, a national study found.
About 62 percent of children reported, “I really enjoy reading books over the summer,” according to the survey conducted by Scholastic and YouGov.
The vast majority of parents and children also agree that summer reading will help them in the school year. Amy couldn’t agree more, saying, “It starts when they are so little.”
Reading to her children when they are very young will prepare them for school in the future, Amy noted.
On average, children between 6-17 read eight books over the summer, the survey added. But one in five children in lower-income families do not read any books over the summer. Likewise, one in five 12-17-year-olds also reported not reading any books over the summer.
Households with income of less than $35,000 have an average of 69 children’s books in the home compared to 127 for households with income of $100,000 or more, the survey added.
The Corinth Library offers numerous opportunities for children to enhance reading skills. ABCmouse.com is offered for free at the library at any time. It is a digital learning resource geared toward preschool through second grade. Additionally, a children’s storytime with Head Librarian Cody Daniel is held each Thursday at 10 a.m.
The library’s Summer Reading Program is currently underway with the next program to be held Wednesday, June 27, at 2 p.m.