May 28th, 2015
SUMMER READING CHALLENGE!
The DeKalb Public Library’s summer reading program for children, teens, and adults kicks-off on Monday, June 8th featuring the construction themed “One Building, Many Stories”. The program is for any age group, beginning from birth to adults. Rewards for meeting goals include free books, construction-themed prizes, a chance for the teens to win a Kindle Fire, and a chance for the adults to win gift certificates to local restaurants! Online reading logs will be available for those who want to start right away at home.
All of the regular children’s programs will all tie into the construction themes. They will also have special events which include a Minecraft program, a paper modeling class, a new Lego club, bugs on parade, Lego Gears workshops, and a Family Fun Building day. Children will be able to participate in this program by listening to or reading books throughout the summer. Adults may sign up their children in the new children’s department on the main floor of the library.
Something special is happening with the teen’s summer reading program. Not only do they have a chance to win a Kindle Fire at the end of the summer but there will be many opportunities for teens to have fun too. Every Monday from 2:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m. teens are welcome to come and volunteer at the library. These volunteer opportunities can build any required service hours and give them something to do during the Summer. Then on Fridays beginning at 11:00 a.m., the teens will work on their writing and creative skills by attending Worldbuilding or Story Building Workshops. These programs alternate every other Friday and are a fun way to let imaginations run wild.
Adults will have a chance to win gift certificates from local restaurants, in addition to having the opportunity to attend a variety of special events. There will be events geared towards leading a healthy lifestyle, building a monarch butterfly garden, building a pantry by canning vegetables from your garden, and other crafty-type workshops.
As children are out for the summer, studies have shown that the retention of knowledge gained during the school year fades. This is known as the “summer reading gap”. Something as simple as reading 10-15 minutes a day can help children retain reading skills that they worked so hard to learn during the school year. The library strives to make their summer reading program fun, challenging and interactive for the whole family by offering books in different formats, activities that engage and attract new and experienced readers and by being a safe and quiet place to meet.
Many thanks to our sponsors, the Friends of the DeKalb Public Library, 4-C, the DuPage Children’s Museum, Sunshine Scoop, Epic Air, the Illinois Railway Museum, the Rockford Ice Hogs, the Kane County Cougars, Steak N’ Shake, Kuipers Family Farm, Applebee’s, Resource Bank, and Dunkin’ Donuts.
Adult Reading Log (coming soon)