Monday, July 23, 2012

Summer Reading Program - Halfway Point!

It is hard to believe, but we are already at the halfway point in our summer reading program. Today starts the second half of the program. So if your kids haven't signed up yet, they still have time. And we still have lots of fun programs lined up for the summer! For a schedule of upcoming events, check out our online calendar and select "Pinelands Library" for the location.

Let's take a quick look at how things are going so far:

On June 25th, we kicked off the Summer Reading Program. This summer's theme is: Dream Big, Read!

This year, we have a new Early Literacy Program
for kids between the ages of 0-3 years old.
The Summer Reading Program is for
kids between the ages of 3-12 years old.

One of our first programs was the summer Lego Club event!
This month we decided to "Dream Big" and build whatever our imaginations could come up with! Check out these creative masterpieces:

At storytime, we read these fun books about stars and the nighttime sky, and then made our very own shooting star!

Stars by Mary Lyn Ray
Papa, please get the moon for me by Eric Carle
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

We had some intense games of Book Cover Bingo:

Last week, we were visited by a Singing Cowboy, who had the kids hopping around to the tune of his banjo:
The Singing Cowboy and his pal, Amy Oakleaf.

And last but not least, our newest program, Reading Buddies, has been a big hit! Kids (Pre-K -- 3rd Grade) get paired up with a teen buddy. It is great for building self esteem and reading skills! Look how much fun they are having:

Nora read with her buddy, Kyra
while her brother, Nathaniel,
read with his buddy Isaac.
Another Nora read "The Lightning Thief" with her buddy
while her sister, Claudia, read Spot.

If you are interested in signing your kids up for the Summer Reading Program, simply stop by the library at any time and pick up a summer reading supply bag. It has everything they need to get started - a reading log, a bookmark, stickers, prize slips, and more! Speaking of prize slips, don't forget to turn in the prize slips so that your kids earn cool rewards for all of the reading they do this summer. We have everything from free books to fun toys to free Rita's water ice coupons. The more reading they do, the more fun stuff they earn. And we even have a weekly raffle for a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card. Don't forget, there are still 4 weeks left to participate!

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