NEWS: Summer Reading Campaign Available at Libraries in Cedartown, Rockmart

For readers in Polk County, summer offers opportunity to join the Get Georgia Reading Campaign.

According to news from local libraries, Polk’s children dominated in reading during the past year’s challenge.

Sharon Cleveland, branch manager, has announced “ . . . public libraries in Rockmart and Cedartown will work diligently to keep families logging their books and reading hours over the course of the summer break.

“We are still in the planning stages of ‘On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!’ a sports themed reading program that will encompass children from birth to high school. We look forward to working with area leaders to bring home the fact that our community’s future social and economic health are tied directly to the literacy rates of our youngest citizens.”

According to library officials, myON is delivering more than 10,400 free books to computers and mobile devices that can be accessed 24 hours a day – every day – through Aug. 31.

You can search from more than 50 different categories and genres, fiction and nonfiction, picture books, graphic novels, chapter books, titles for struggling and reluctant readers, and Spanish and bilingual titles. It’s like having your own personal library right at your fingertips.

During 2015, kids throughout the state read 103,636 books and spent 60,719 hours reading from mid-April through August.

“This year, we’re challenging Georgia to top last year’s numbers by reading more than 200,000 books and spending over 100,000 hours reading,” said Get Georgia Reading Campaign Director Arianne Weldon. “We want you to light up your community on our heat map.

“Get social this summer by sharing book recommendations, snapping selfies with your favorite titles, showing off where you’re reading and who you’re reading with, and telling us how you’re incorporating myON into your everyday life.”

Be inspired by checking out some of last year’s most memorable video submissions:

All About Those Books” (Pepperell Middle School in Lindale, Ga.)

Just Read” (Van Wert Elementary and Rockmart Public Library in Rockmart, Ga.)

Fifth-Grade Pals Reveal what Make Them Amazing Readers” (Sarah Charlotte and Ellie, Mt. Vernon Exploratory School in Gainesville)

According to surveys, all children and their families need year-round access to educational and supportive services.

Rockmart Library is located at 316 N. Piedmont Ave. and Cedartown Library is located at 245 E. Avenue.

Read this story in the Polk County Standard Journal.

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