It seems that lately all I can talk about is what’s coming up for summer reading! It occurred to me that maybe I should explain in a little more detail what summer reading is all about, at least from my own perspective.
1. What is summer reading, anyway? Summer reading is an initiative that takes place during summer break to encourage children to read for pleasure.
2. Are there any benefits to summer reading? Studies have shown that children who read during the summer are much less likely to experience the “summer slide” effect–that is, losing the skills that they gained during the previous school year. Add to this the general benefits of reading–increased vocabulary, more active imagination–need I go on?
3. How do I sign my child up? Registration begins Friday, June 1 at any of our three branches. Just tell a library staff member that you would like to register for summer reading, and you will be provided with a reading log.
4. What do we have to do? Keep track of the books your child reads (or the books you read together) in the reading log. Once your child completes a log, bring it in and we will give you another one! Be sure to have all reading logs in by July 13!
5. Are there any particular books my child has to read? No. The purpose of summer reading is to encourage reading for pleasure. However, if you or your child would like suggestions, library staff would be happy to assist. We will also provide displays of books that are related to this summer’s theme and activities.
6. What happens at the end of the summer? We will have an indoor “campfire” party, where certificates will be awarded for participation in the summer reading program.
7. What about the events I keep seeing? This summer we will have plenty of fun events related to our theme, Dream Big–READ! Your child is not required to attend events to participate in summer reading, but they are a fun and free way to get out of the house on a hot summer day! To see the calendar, check out our website, our Facebook page, our Pinterest page, or pick up a hard copy at any of the three branches. These events are all sponsored by the Lee County Library and are free and open to the public.
8. What about children who cannot read independently? Any child can participate in summer reading, including those who are not yet reading independently. Simply take a reading log and document the books that you read with your child. For children under 3 years of age, ask about registering for our Rubber Ducky Club, an early literacy summer reading program that documents completion of early literacy activities instead of the number of books read.
9. Is there anything we can do to help? We are still in need of LEGO blocks for our LEGO club! Please support us with a cash donation or a donation of new or used LEGO blocks.
10. Is there anything else I need to know? I have to let you know about a great opportunity that the Path2College 529 Plan and Georgia Public Library Service provides for registered summer readers! Once your child (or grandchild) is registered for summer reading, you are eligible to enter the Think Big! Save for College! sweepstakes. The winner of the sweepstakes receives $5,529 for future education expenses. An extra incentive is that the winner’s home library will receive $1,529 for children’s/teens materials and services! Prizes of $1,529 for materials and services are also awarded to the libraries who have the most entries and the greatest percentage of registered users entered in the sweepstakes. The sweepstakes is free and easy to enter! Visit www.path2college529.com for more information.
If you have any questions about summer reading that were not answered here, drop in any branch or call (229)759-2369 for more information. We can’t wait to see you at the library this summer!