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SACRAMENTO – Sacramento Public Library today announced that meeting its goal of signing up 40,000 readers to take the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge is well on its way with more than 34,000 registered challengers.

It’s not too late to sign up! Challenge yourself, challenge your friends and encourage everyone to register for the “Read to the Rhythm” Summer Reading Challenge. And if you’re already signed up, keep reading and participating in all the library’s activities. In addition to expanding your mind, you can win free books, tote bags, Library Rock Star lawn signs, Barnes & Noble gift certificates or even an iPad mini.

According to Christie Hamm, the Library’s Manager of Youth and Literacy Services, studies show that when students don’t read during the summer, they experience two months of learning loss, known as the “summer slide.” By reading just five books during the summer, kids can negate that loss and be ready for the new school year.

“Summer reading has real benefits for our community,” Hamm said. “When kids are ready to learn in the fall, our schools win. The Summer Reading Challenge is a chance for people of all ages to experience the joy of reading, and win prizes, too!”

Not quite two-thirds of the way through the summer, 80% more books have been read compared to this time last year and participation of school-aged kids (6-17 years old) has increased by more than 20%.

For more information on all of our Summer Reading Challenge activities, visit your local library or go to www.saclibrary.org/SummerReading.