Summer reading introduces new genres, fosters excitement

maddieMaddie Dougherty will really see how much reading rocks when she’s in Indianapolis next weekend watching Taylor Swift perform live.

Maddie was one of the winners of EPL’s Reading Rocks grand prize; a pair of tickets and accommodations to see Swift on her Reputation tour.

According to her mother, Elizabeth, Maddie has enjoyed participating in summer reading but this year it was taken to a new level.

“Maddie loves to read, excessively almost,” Elizabeth said. “She likes the summer reading program because she gets rewarded for that, whether it is the beads and the bead chain or the grand prize.”

According to Elizabeth, her daughter enjoyed the new component this year of writing a short report about the book.

“Telling other people about the books through the reviews, was really exciting for her,” she said. “She discovered a new author this summer so she was really excited to tell other people about that author and one of those reviews is actually the one that she won with.”

Elizabeth said that during the summer is when she brings both Maddie and Henry, her other child, to the library to check out books most often and summer reading encourages them to check out new and different titles than what they get at their school libraries.

For Maddie, it gives her a chance to read new genres, Elizabeth said.

“They get to check out new books that maybe the school doesn’t have,” she said. “It gives her some opportunities to branch out, it brings her things that maybe she wasn’t familiar with. I’m never worried about her falling off with reading during the summer but I feel like it diversifies her a bit.”

Now though with school back in session, Maddie is looking forward to attending the concert with her dad, Michael, who is also getting ready to rock, according to Elizabeth.

“She is looking forward to it,” Elizabeth said. “And my husband has been listening to Swift’s new album to brush up so he knows what to expect.”

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