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SBC Summer Reading Programs Participation for Children and Adults Increases by 11 Percent
San Bernardino County’s (SBC) Vision2Read, is a literacy initiative of the Countywide Vision project. The initiative aims to raise the bar on literacy in SBC by focusing on the importance of reading and connecting people who need help or who can help to further literacy resources. Toward this goal the libraries throughout the county were able to increase the number of children and adults participating in summer reading programs by 11 percent from 2017 to 2018.
The summer reading programs participation’s goal was 50,000; residents within the easily achieved this goal with 55,327 people participated at all 32 San Bernardino County library branches – including the Yucaipa Branch Library –and the independent libraries in the cities of Redlands, Colton, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino, Upland and Victorville. Participation was up significantly from the 49,821 participants in 2017.
In May, San Bernardino County libraries encouraged people to sign up for library cards and join various summer reading programs to help avoid a loss of reading skills that can occur during breaks in the academic school year. During the summer months, libraries offered reading programs that included incentives for meeting reading challenges.
The SBC Vision2Read literacy campaign acknowledges that literacy has a significant impact on many community elements including jobs and the economy, education, public safety and wellness. When literacy skills are nurtured and encouraged, children and adults can better reach their potential, the local economy can continue to prosper and the county will have a more educated work force to attract employers to our region.
For more information on the Vision2Read program visit: www.Vision2Read.com.