Paws to Read 2014
Our summer reading program, "Paws to Read", will run Monday, June 16th through Sunday, August 10th.
The Importance of Summer Reading
Children work hard during the school year. Summer is a time for them to relax, have fun, and be kids. However, studies have shown that the average three months off from school can affect the retainment of materials learned from the previous year.
The New York State Library wrote a very good article on the importance of summer reading. Click here for more information.
There is a multitude of information available about bridging the summer reading gap and ways to get your children to read. Here is a small list of resources:
- Colker, Dr. Laura J. "What Families can do to keep Children Reading During the Summer". RIF Exchange Show, #407.
- Eames, Alicia. "Summer Reading and the Rich/Poor Achievement Gap, An Educator Responds to Questions". Curriculum Connections, School Library Journal. June 4, 2013.
- McGill-Franzen, Anne and Richard Allington. "Bridging the Summer Reading Gap". Instructor, Vol.112; 8, May/June 2003.
- Quick, Dr. Carol A. "Raising a Summer Reader". www.kidshealth.org. May 2013.
Children’s Summer Reading
On Monday, June 16th, the children’s department will kick-off summer reading by having activities all day. Resource Bank will be in the YS courtyard from 10:30am—1:30pm handing out balloons while patrons sign up to read this summer. The fun doesn't end there. To encourage reading, the library will have programs all summer long to promote reading and inspire children to explore new things. We will have animal-themed movies every Friday at 2:00pm, our regular story times on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, live mammals and reptiles, a new lap-sit program, a teddy bear picnic, a magic show, a variety show, and silly summer fun. Click here to view the complete summer reading flyer for youth.
There are four reading clubs for children, each for different ages between birth through age 12. Choose the best one that fits your child. Register at the Youth Services Desk. Complete the log to earn a FREE book and an invitation to a special after hours Grand Finale Program! Non-DeKalb cardholders may participate in all Summer Reading Programs and will receive a free book upon completion of the Summer Reading Club, but are not eligible for the Grand Finale Program.
Different Reading Clubs
Babies: This club is for babies (0-24 months). Parents and caregivers can help their little ones learn by reading to them, telling them nursery rhymes, playing games, and singing songs. After completing 12 of each of the 4 different activities receive a FREE book and an entry to the baby’s toy animal raffle! Click here for the summer reading log to start your adventure! For some ideas on different books to read to your baby, click here.
Listeners: This club is for children who either listen to stories or are just beginning to read. After listening to 48 books receive a FREE book and an invitation to the Grand Finale Program! Click here for the summer log to start your adventure!
Beginning Readers: This club is for children who are beginning readers. They may need just a little help. Only books read by the child to themselves or to another person will count towards the reading log. After reading 24 books receive a FREE book and an invitation to the Grand Finale Program! Click here for the summer log to start your adventure!
Independent Readers: This club is for independent, chapter book readers. Read 12 hours to receive a FREE book and an invitation to the Grand Finale Program! Click here for the summer reading log to start your adventure!
FREE book prize and Grand Finale Program invites are available starting Monday, June 30th at the Youth Services Desk. Please bring the Reading Log to claim FREE book and invitation. Books are available while they last. All Summer Reading prize books must be picked up by Sunday, August 17th. Unlimited BONUS reading logs are available to DeKalb cardholders to earn another free invite to the Grand Finale Program for a friend and an honorable mention during the event.
There will also be special daily activities in the Youth Services Department like “Find the Golden Book” and “How many treats in the jar?”. Each day, a golden book will be hidden in the YS Department. Any person to find the book and bring it to the desk will win a special token, while supplies last. There will also be a jar of dog treats on the YS circulation desk. Guesses will be accepted and the person to correctly guess how many treats are in the jar will win a prize. Winners will be selected at the end of summer reading.
The Grand Finale Program will be Friday, August 8th at 6:30pm in the library. Doors off of Oak Street will open at 6:20pm with Clifford the Big Read Dog as the door greeter! We will then pick seven lucky winners, who have turned in bonus logs, to earn some furry and fluffy prizes. The main event will be the “Pocket Circus”! Watch amazing juggling and balancing acts performed by the “smallest” circus in town (done by only two people)! Finish off the evening with a goodie bag to congratulate the readers for a job well done.
Teen’s Summer Reading
For the first time in DeKalb Public Library’s history, there is a summer reading program for just teens! This is for any youth ages 13 through 17. Teens are encouraged to sign up at the main reference desk and read 4 books to earn an entry into the “Kindle Fire and Book” drawing! Only DeKalb cardholders are eligible to win the Kindle Fire, any teen may win a free book. Unlimited bonus reading logs are available to earn another entry into the drawing. Click here to print out your summer reading log to start your adventure!
There are a number of ways to earn entries:
- Reading books
- Volunteering at the library during certain times
- Reading at the library during certain times
There will be special programs for teens during summer reading to encourage reading and for the discovery of new things! There will be a reptile as pets presentation (with live reptiles for show and tell), “Geektopia”, Adventures @ Your Library, Heroes @ Your Library, Wildcard, Teen Advisory Group, live raptor show, a community dog walk, and a night out at Target.
Adult's Summer Reading
Adult get a chance to participate in the summer reading challenge too! Visit the main reference desk to sign up to receive the summer reading log. Adults are asked to read to five books for a chance to enter into the raffle for gift cards from local restaurants. There is no limit to the amount of books to be read, multiple logs are accepted.
Events for adult this summer include sports memorabilia appraisals, a community dog walk on July 25th, DIY pet treats program on July 18th, and a program for writers on how to write a good love scene on July 29th! These programs should encourage people to visit our library, check out some books for your summer reading goals, learn new things, and just plain have fun!
Summer Reading Pictures
For pictures of summer reading 2014, click here!
Thank you to our growing list of sponsors for 2014! We sincerely appreciate all the support. If you or your business would like to participate as a sponsor for the summer reading program, please contact Edith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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