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Beat the Summer Blahs and Spare Your Budget @ the Library

Libraries offer free fun for toddlers, kids and teens, resources for adults

ISSAQUAH, Wash., June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Another school year winds down and summer is almost here. Are you wondering how you'll save money, keep the kids entertained, sharpen their learning skills, update your resume, and look for a new job ... all at the same time? Simple: Pack up the kids and head for the library!

Across the country, public libraries are hosting special summer programs for kids to encourage reading for the sheer joy of it. While the programs focus on fun, serious learning objectives underlie summer library activities. Kids who read during summer vacation maintain and improve their reading and learning skills, while kids who don't are likely to lose ground over the summer, and lag behind in reading when they return to school in the fall. That's why summer library programs are so important for kids of all ages. And while the kids are enjoying special learning-based summer activities, parents can explore the library's resources, catch up on the latest news, update computer skills, or enhance job and career options by learning a new language with library materials.

Beginning June 15, all 44 community libraries in the King County Library System will launch a summer full of fun with "Be Creative @ the Library!" (www.kcls.org/srp/). Activities and events abound for parents and their babies, toddlers, waddlers, and preschoolers in the Summer Reading Game for Preschoolers. Kids in grades K-6 have opportunities to read for fun and prizes as they work toward a goal of 1,000 minutes of reading.

At KCLS, teens have their own special summer programs. The "Read. Flip. Win." Video competition (www.kcls.org/teens/rfw/) invites teens to create video book reviews between June 1 and July 31, 2009. The KCLS "Read 3, Get 1 Free" program (www.kcls.org/teens/read3/) offers teens a choice of free books and entry in a prize drawing when they read three books and write brief, thoughtful reviews.

For adults -- parents and non-parents alike -- the library is filled with opportunities to learn something new, add new job skills, or just relax. For a sampling of offerings at the King County Library System, visit http://www.kcls.org/looktoyourlibrary/more_resources.cfm and see what treasures you can find.

SOURCE King County Library System

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