ALGONQUIN – As a way to encourage students to stay engaged in learning this summer and develop a lifelong commitment to reading, District 158 has established a goal to read 1 milion minutes (or more) this summer.
Students can select books of any genre – adventures, nonfiction, short stories, nursery rhymes, classics, science, nature, animals or anything else that interests them, according to a district news release.
The libraries at Leggee Elementary and Martin Elementary Schools will be open once a week (except the week of July 1-5) to students in kindergarten through fifth grade who are enrolled in District 158.
Students will be permitted to check out two books at a time with the expectation that all books are returned no later than Aug. 13. Parents are expected to remain with their children while at the libraries.
The Leggee Elementary and Martin Elementary School Libraries will be open from 8 a.m. to noon July 9, 16, 23 and 30. They also will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 and 13.
To track their minutes, students are asked to enter their books and the number of minutes read in the District K-12 Summer Reading website at www.district158.org and click on Summer Reading under Quick Links. A thermometer showing the total minutes read will be updated every few days.
Updates also can be found by following the Curriculum Department on Twitter @Curriculum158.
Reading minutes logged with the District 158 program also can be used for the public library reading programs.