Summer is a time for families to take a break from the structure of school and the academic rigor that comes along with it. But it\u2019s not a time for kids to take a break from learning! Studies show that some students can lose up to two months of reading achievement over the summer months. Participating in a reading program is a great way for kids to continue to challenge their brains in a fun, laid back way. When it comes to choosing a summer program, there are many options. Here are a few to consider \u2013 find the best match for your student and get reading! Carmel Clay Public Library\u00a0 Beginning May 16 through August 15, readers can register for the Summer Challenge. This popular program had 3,808 children, 1,130 teens and 2,183 adults participate last year. Read or listen to books, complete activities and then log achievements to earn points. Prizes are earned at 25, 50, 75 and 100 points, but more points can be achieved by becoming a \u201cBicentennial Reader\u201d at 200 points. Bicentennial Readers can be entered into a special drawing for a chance to win tickets to sporting events and other local community activities. Hamilton East Public Library\u00a0 Noblesville and Fishers locations This year the Hamilton East Public Library is proud to launch "Summer Under the Stars: Celebrating 200 Summers in Indiana\u201d from June 1-July 31. The library is celebrating the State of Indiana\u2019s Bicentennial with events, contests and more. A variety of prizes for reading and listening to books are given throughout the program, each provided by local businesses as well as the Friends of the Library. This year, a special passport has been developed by the staff at Visit Hamilton County to connect readers to libraries and other activities in the area. Hamilton North Public Library Cicero and Atlanta This year\u2019s summer reading program is themed \u201cFitness\/Wellness\u201d with three participant category slogans:\u202f\u201cOn Your Mark, Get Set,\u202fRead\u201d for the pre-K through 5th\u202fgrade set,\u202f\u201cGet in the Game\u201d for teens and young adults, and\u202f\u201cExercise Your Mind,\u202fRead" for\u202fadults. The program kicks off June 2 and continues through July 20.\u202fWeekly themes throughout the\u202fsummer\u202fwill include gardening, nutrition, fitness and Olympic sports. On June 15, the popular Professor Steve will talk on the "Science of Basketball." At the end of the summer, a\u202fprivate pool party for participants who have completed the program will take place Friday, July 15. Westfield Washington Public Library Kicking off June 9, the Westfield Washington Public Library summer reading programs continue through July 31. The library focuses on the whole family to inspire readers of all ages. Each program rewards\u202freaders\u202fwith prizes for how many hours and books they\u2019ve read during the program. Prizes are drawn from local businesses in the community. Barnes & Noble stores Noblesville and Carmel locations Barnes & Noble stores across the country will launch an Olympic themed summer reading program. Kids can pick up a summer reading journal at any Barnes & Noble to jot down the books they\u2019ve read. After eight books, children can pick a free book from a select list of titles listed on the back of their journal. Half Price Books\u00a0 Clearwater Village, E. 82 Street \u201cFeed Your Brain\u201d is the name of Half Price Books summer reading program \u2013 one for kids in grades 8 and under, and the other for teens. The younger crowd is encouraged to read for at least 15 minutes each day for a month. Once a child hits 300 minutes, he can receive a $5 coupon toward their next purchase. High school students are encouraged to read at least one book per month in June and July and write a short review for a $5 coupon. The program also encourages families to set up their own reward system, with suggestions like a visit to a zoo, amusement park or a special lunch out. The programs run June 1 through July 31. Online Summer Reading Programs Storyline Online On this site, popular children\u2019s books are read out loud by celebrities and kids can follow along with the graphics and\/or their own book in front of them. This resource can add a little variety to your child\u2019s summer reading program. Starfall\u00a0 This program is especially good for beginning readers. Preschoolers can learn letter recognition and sounds and have stories read to them. The stories and activities are fun, unique and interactive and will motivate your little reader to keep at it this summer. Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge\u00a0 Kids of all ages are encouraged to become a \u201cReading Superhero\u201d this summer. Starting May 9, kids can log the minutes they read, learn about their favorite authors and be entered into sweepstakes to earn prizes from Klutz Press. Whether you decide to get involved with the library, a bookstore or choose a program online, any method that gets your children excited about reading this summer is the plan that works for you!