Mesa library offers convenience, incentives for summer reading

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Posted at 9:16 AM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 12:16:12-04

MESA, AZ — When you pick up a book, each page turn allows you to disappear from reality, even if it is just for a moment.

Reading is a great way to relieve stress for both adults and kids.

The Rebound Arizona is always looking for ways to help you manage the pressure and with those summer months and record temperatures now here, families need safe ways to stay busy.

It turns out many cities in Maricopa County are offering curbside pick-up for books at local libraries.

"So far, we've checked out 3,500 books to community members," said Cherise Mead, who is a librarian with the Mesa Public Library. She said conversations started quickly amid the pandemic on how they could start a new chapter and a new way for the community to keep reading.

"We've made the decision to transition everything online," Mead said.

Families can select books online to grab from their car and they can also register for the Summer Reading Program, which everyone is encouraged to participate in.

"The best way to really entice children to read is to model that behavior," Mead said.

Research has shown that while you scan the page, your brain reaps the benefits.

"Reading helps promote empathy," Mead explained. "It's a great stress reliever."

While Mead works for Mesa, it is likely that your own local library is participating in the Summer Reading Program and curbside book pick-up.

To register for the Summer Reading Program, complete with prizes, click here.