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Welcome to the Summer Reading Program!

Summer reading is over and prizes may no longer be claimed.  Thanks to all who participated.  We hope you had as much fun as we did!    This year we registered 4172 readers from birth through grade 5 - that's about 200 more than in 2013. Great job, everyone!  We'll be back next year starting June 1, so mark your calendars now.

Summer reading is for the whole family, not just the kids!  You can do a lot towards helping your child love books and reading by making regular visits to the library during the summer and allowing him/her to choose their own books.  If you are excited about books in general, and particularly about what they’re reading, kids will pick up your enthusiasm!   In addition, taking the time to read with your child can help you evaluate their overall reading skills. 

What’s the big deal about reading over the summer?
According to the children’s literacy organization Reading is Fundamental (RIF), experts have found that “children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often slide backward.”   So instead of losing knowledge and skills during the summer months, kids who participate in reading programs actually show gains!  Also, summer reading loss is cumulative. Children don’t “catch up” in the fall because the other children are moving ahead with their skills.  So summer reading is a big deal!

More information:
Check out this fascinating infographic from education.com that helps you check if your child is at risk from summer reading slide.  Then c
lick here for another one about how summer reading can help to close the achievement gap.

Free STEM eBooks at Unite for Literacy
A unique digital library of original nonfiction books carefully crafted to connect with young children and their families. The text, images and narrated audio support are designed to give families the immediate reassurance of seeing and hearing their home cultures reflected in a book.  Audio files allow the reader to listen to the books in multiple languages, including (but not limited to!) Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Japanese and Somali.  Click here to access the library.  (You can also access these titles through our library catalog by doing a keyword search for "Unite for Literacy")

Science for Kids Pinterest Page
Did you know that the library has a Pinterest page?  It's a great place to look for reading recommendations but for the summer reading program the Children's Library has also put together a Science for Kids page. Here you will find a variety of online resources kids can visit to get information on science related topics, science activities, online science games, interviews with scientists and more.  Check it out here!


                   Take our 2014 Summer Reading Program survey

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