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Community members of all ages are encouraged to pick up a book,and learn a thing or two about science this summer. 

The Wilsonville Public Library is hosting summer learning programs intended to prevent students from experiencing a "brain drain" this summer.

Until Aug. 31, the public library is hosting reading- and science-based learning programs for all ages. For kids, the benefits of keeping their brains active throughout the summer are said to stretch well into the school year. Studies show that children who keep up their learning throughout their off-months are more likely to have higher grades and concentration levels.

"It's really important to keep up (reading and science) skills throughout the summer so that when school starts up, they are ready to go. There's no backtracking to get them back up to the level that they should be," said Jo Caisse, youth services librarian.

The Read Beyond the Beaten Path program instructs kids and teenagers to read everyday.

The reading program is issued through Beanstack, a digital tracker that helps youth keep count of their reading. Families can also track their reading minutes the old-fashioned way and submit a piece of paper listing their literacy count for the month.

Youth can also participate in science exploration activities at the library this summer.

"Depending on age or what they're interested in, we have some great science experiments that they can explore like quantum chemistry, where you can cook with the family," Caisse said.

The librarians are also hosting summer science camps held every Wednesday. Some activities explored are Coke and Mentos experiments, space discovery, engineering rockets and many more.

Caisse said people of all ages are encouraged to try out the programs and activities this summer. Families can participate alongside their children by reading through one of their adult literacy programs or stopping by the science camps.

The program ends August 31.

For more information about the library's summer programs, go to:

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