Students who discover a love of books in childhood become lifelong readers. Photo by Roni Java

Libraries launch ‘Be Smart, Be Cool’ youth summer reading program

School’s out and the Plumas County Library system is celebrating the arrival of summer vacation with a “Be Smart, Be Cool, Read!” program for students throughout the region.

No matter how strong a young reader’s abilities may be, summertime is perfect for keeping up reading skills developed during the school year.

Research has proven that students who participate in summer reading programs dramatically improve or maintain their reading skills — something that gives them a boost when school reopens in the fall.

In addition, summer reading programs challenge youth and encourage them to make reading and enjoying books a lifelong habit. Even reluctant readers can have fun with the “Be Smart, Be Cool, Read!” campaign because there are activities designed to engage and interest students from first grade through middle school.


According to County Librarian Lindsay Fuchs, students are encouraged to visit their local library branch to get involved, read fun books to earn prizes and start their reading logs now.

The library program is currently underway and is most suitable for youth ages 5 to 12. “Be Smart, Be Cool, Read!” offers activities, crafts, games and books, Fuchs said, and for each week that kids hit their reading goals, they will be rewarded.

“Check out the themes each week at your local branch,” the librarian advised. “Feel free to go to all four programs at all four branches!”

Be Smart, Be Cool, Read!

The Plumas County Library’s summer reading program is now underway. Check with your local branch for details about the fun activities, games, crafts and books offered near you.

Greenville Library:

Mondays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., July 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Portola Library:

Tuesdays, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., July 9, 16, 23 and 30.


Chester Library:

Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – noon, July 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Quincy Library:

Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1.

For more information on these and other events at your local branch, visit the Plumas County Library online at .