Summer Reading Program

Stop in and sign up for our Summer Reading Program. The program may be started any time from June 1 – August 10. All children are welcome, regardless of age or residence.

  • We ask that each child fill out a registration sheet at the library.
  • Three gold coins will be given out once per week, starting Monday, June 3rd, when children check in to the library. Weeks run Mon-Sat. There are 13 weeks in all. The coins are used to shop for prizes in our store, The Moon Market! The last day to check in for gold coins is Saturday, August 31st.
  • Kids will receive an extra coin for every additional time that they come in to the library each week (the first weekly check-in is worth 3 coins, each additional check-in that same week is worth an additional coin).
  • Children must be present to earn coins. We cannot make exceptions. If you are unable to come to the library and feel that your child truly earned a reward that week, how about rewarding them at home. Perhaps with some one-on-one time, a sweet treat, allowing him/her to stay up a little later than usual, or - saying Yes to “Just one more book?” .
  • We have a few different & fun options available for keeping track of summer reading. All are optional. They are for setting personal and/or family goals. Ask about these when you register.
  • Extra coins may be earned by completing tasks such as Book Bingo or Reading Adventure sheets. These are available at the library.
  • Kids may show us 3 receipts from local businesses (we do not keep these) when they check in at the library, for a bonus gold coin. Local: Land O’ Lakes, Watersmeet, Conover.
  • Make and Take Crafts will be available all summer on the table in the children’s area. They will be switched weekly. Be sure to check them out!

Why Public Library Summer Reading Programs Are Important:

  • Numerous studies have shown that reading over the summer prevents “summer reading loss.”
  • Summer reading loss is cumulative. Children don’t “catch up” in fall because the other children are moving ahead with their skills. By the end of 6th grade children who lose reading skills over the summer are two years behind their classmates.
  • Reading 4 or 5 books over the summer can have a significant impact.
  • One advantage of public library summer library programs is that they are not located In school buildings, which helps reduce the negative perception about summer learning for students who are struggling.
  • Summer reading programs in public libraries usually encourage readers, especially those who are struggling, to use alternate formats such as magazines, recorded books, graphic novels, and material on the Internet.
  • Participants often return to summer library programs in successive years, which help children build reading into their summer routine.
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