This summer’s theme explores all kinds of topics such as how to keep both your brain and body active, good old fashion fun, and lots more.
Reading during summer vacation is important to children to help prevent the “summer slide” so that children do not lose any of their school year gains. The summer reading program is a way for parents, grandparents, and caregivers to provide readers with the motivation to read daily. It is also important to read aloud together. Children too young to read themselves gain vocabulary and listening skills from being read to, but so do older, independent readers. The Children’s Department is thrilled to be able to provide a summer reading program that will help prevent the slide.
“On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” ensures that a wide variety of stories and activities will be highlighted. The program will kick off with a special event in Simpson Park Wednesday, June 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. There will be a book walk, games, and snacks while supplies last. There will also be a sign up booth and information about summer reading available. In the event of rain, the outside reading program will be canceled.
The Children’s Department programs are open to children from birth to age 12. The story time programs will be held at 10 a.m. every Wednesday in June and July and will last approximately 30 minutes. For ages 5-12, activities will include stories, crazy races, Minute to Win It activities, and so much more.
The early literacy summer reading program will be presented to ages birth-4 and will include age appropriate stories, songs, finger plays, and an activity after the program. The focus of this age group will be rounding the bases with reading, with important literacy skills covered each week.
Families unable to participate in the weekly programs are invited to participate by attending our movie days and special programs created for each age group. All of these events, and more, can be found on our summer reading events flyer, online, and on our events calendar. Families can also participate by joining the independent portion of the summer reading program.
Each child will receive a log to keep track of the books that are read, or heard, each week. A penny will go into a jar for each book that is read during the summer program. At the end of the summer, the pennies collected each week will be given away to one lucky winner. The more books read each week, the more pennies there are to win. This promotes reading books for fun together at the library, but also independently at home. For each event attended, children will also get to add their name to the penny drawing.
The style of the summer program allows families to join whenever it is convenient for them. Come for all the events or just a few favorites. All of the programs are free of charge. The Library strives to make summer reading a whole family event, so be sure to check out the information for both the teen and adult summer reading programs.
The Children’s Department invites you to come in this summer to exercise both your body and brain! For more information about this program and upcoming events in the Children’s Department, contact the Livingston County Library Children’s Department at 660-646- 0563. Important dates will also be shared on the Livingston County Library’s social media pages.