Summer Reading Program- now thru July 31st!
“Launch” yourself into a summer of reading fun with a “Universe of Stories”! Keep kids reading-build success skills and avoid the summer academic slide! Adults-relax with good books. Teens- read the latest series! Our Summer Reading program combines fun activities for kids of all ages and entertaining events to support and increase reading skills and learning all summer long!
How It Works
1. Register for summer reading below 2. Print Reading Logs (links below) and Log your reading to earn great prizes 3. Come into the library to pick up prizes.
Prizes supplied by our local businesses and the Friends of the Library! Start anytime, program ends July 31st
Read and earn fun prizes!
Instant Win! Reading Log Prizes: Turn in a completed Reading Log and instantly win “out-of-this-world” prizes like foam rockets, galaxy kickballs, plush rockets, alien keychains, and coupons for FREE pizza, ice cream and other treats!
Grand Prizes: For each level completed, readers earn another chance to win a Grand Prize for each Age Group. Grand Prizes may include: Tote bags, “Moon Lights”, gift cards, galaxy puzzles, games and much more!
Registration, reading logs and event information can also be downloaded and printed using the links below.
Summer Teen Volunteers
We need your help! Volunteering at the library is fun, is great experience for future jobs, and can be counted as
community service hours.
How do I sign up? Print and fill out the Teen Questionnaire and Volunteer Information Form
Register Here for Summer 2019
Summer Reading Program BLAST-OFF! June 10 @ 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Have an “out-of-this-world experience and register for your Summer Reading Mission! MSU Inflatable planetarium, PAWS dogs, “Space” crafts, Moonwalk Dance, “MoonRocks” and much more! A Universe of Stories awaits you this summer!
Summer Reading Program BLAST-OFF Phase II: Moon Night! June 10 @ 7-9 p.m. Enjoy pizza, moon pies, and more while you register for your Summer Reading Mission and learn about the moon and the equipment to view it, courtesy of Fox Park Observatory. Get ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with this fun STEM activity.
Cameron Zvara: Magic and Juggling! June 18th @ 2pm
at Willow Ridge Elementary. Cameron is a young showman with an amazingly engaging show for the whole family JAM PACKED with magic, comedy, juggling, and music!
Moonwalk with In Motion Dance Center! June 19@ 2pm-3pm
Learn the “Moonwalk” and practice other dance moves with In Motion Dance!
The Bubbleman: Bubbles in Space! June 25th @ 2pm
at Watertown Township Hall. The “Bubbleman” has performed bubble magic for over 30 years creating volcano bubbles, tornado bubbles, kaleidoscope bubbles, square bubbles, merry-go-round bubbles, and much more!
Rick Kelly: Far Out Songs about Space! June 27th @ 7pm at Jaycee Park
Soar into an engaging, high-energy, extremely interactive original one man band show!
Haven’t had enough reading fun yet? Need to keep fighting the threat of summer slump? Want to earn more prizes? Participate in our online Wandoo Reader Space Race reading program in addition to our traditional Summer Reading Logs program. Complete the solar system challenges and record your reading minutes to earn prizes.
Read By Grade Three Law–Why Is Summer Reading Important?
Sure, the GLADL Summer Reading Program is lots of fun—but it’s more than fun. Reading over the summer is “Mission Critical”– incredibly important for students and their academic achievement, from preschool to grade three and beyond:
- Children who don’t read over the summer experience summer learning loss, forgetting some of what they’ve learned during the school year. Worse, the effect is cumulative– children who lose reading skills over the summer may be up to two years behind their classmates by the end of 6th grade. Children actively participating in a library Summer Reading Program gain reading skills and increase literacy.
- The Summer Reading Program encourages kids to read whatever they want, to enjoy reading for recreation. Studies show children who read for fun often academically out-perform children who don’t.
- When families engage in summer reading together, they have meaningful conversations, share adventures and experiences while also making an impact on their child’s learning.
- The Summer Reading Program and all of its associated activities are FREE– safe, engaging, educational opportunities for all ages, all summer long!
For more about the importance of summer reading for our children, follow the link to an article from School Library Journal. For an impassioned statement about libraries, reading and daydreaming for adults by Neil Gaiman, read this article from The Guardian. Thanks to the Madison Public Library and ed.gov for contributed material. For more resources on the Read by Grade Three Law: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/3rd_Gr_Reading_Facts_Families_Final_629306_7.pdf