353455296 697268125538433 5902470372266316370 nEAST ST. LOUIS – To emphasize the importance of learning throughout the summer, State Senator Christopher Belt is hosting a Summer Book Club.

“Students who read during the summer gain an average of one month of reading proficiency,” said Belt (D-Swansea). “This is a great opportunity for students to participate in so they can stay on top of their academic skills and reading level when school starts back up in the fall.”

The Summer Book Club requires students to read eight books of their choice during the summer break, record the names of the books on a form and return the form to Senator Belt’s office by Aug. 18. Every child who completes the Summer Book Club will receive a gift card and a certificate from Senator Belt.

Summer Book Club forms are available to download at SenatorBelt.com or at any public library located in the 57th District. People with questions can reach out to Belt’s office at (618) 875-1212.