Summer is just around the corner and right now is the perfect time to begin putting together your family's summer reading list.
Air Force libraries have launched the summer reading program, "Paws to Read" and are planning a host of activities for children, teens and adults. Activities will range by location and include everything from nature programs to K-9 demonstrations.
"We hope people will sink their teeth into this year's program and fetch more books than ever before," said Marjorie Buchanan, the Air Force Personnel Center libraries branch chief. "Last summer the global program set a new reading record of 14.6 million minutes spent reading. Our goal this year is to break that record by providing activities and books for the whole family to enjoy."
Base libraries throughout the Department of Defense will sponsor events and themes developed by iREAD. Resource guides, animal-themed materials and activities were developed by librarians for libraries to motivate children to read.
"Our goal is to make sure reading is fun for children and their families, but we also know it's a very important program for supporting brain development, student achievement and learning over a lifetime," Buchanan said.
Registration is underway at more than 200 Department of Defense libraries. Interested readers can go to their base library for more information or visit http://ila.org/dodsumread. Those who are not near an installation can email firstname.lastname@example.org for participation information.
For Airmen interested in checking out library books electronically, the online Air Force library provides total force Airmen, civilians, retirees and family members resources such as electronic books, audio books and much more. To access the online Air Force library, visit the Air Force Portal at www.my.af.mil and click on the word "Library" in the navigation bar.
For more information about other library programs and quality of life initiatives, visit the AFPC Services website at