Summer Reading Club starts Wednesday


Summer Reading Club starts Wednesday June 24th! The program is open to all readers who have finished Kindergarten through going into 5th grade.  We meet every Wednesday at 1:00 until July 29th.  This summer we will be exploring the different types of Heroes in the world, real and make-believe.

Why Summer Reading? There are multiple benefits to summer reading programs, First it helps prevent a slip in reading skills that are well documented in the return of non-readers to school. Studies have shown that reading over the summer prevents this “summer reading loss.”

Struggling or Reluctant Readers: One advantage of public library summer library programs for reluctant readers 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,  audiobooks, graphic novels, and material on the Internet. Library summer programs offer activities related to literature that is often not included in schools, because of the time constraints. Participants often return to summer library programs in successive years, which help children build reading into their summer routine.

The Importance of Self-Selection of Reading Materials –  Some researchers feel it is important that students read things that are important to them socially– items related to movies and books or characters that are popular with their friends. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests. Self-selection of reading materials is an extremely important factor in motivating struggling readers, and is a key component of our Summer Reading Club.

And did we mention that if your child is registered, you can leave them with us for a whole hour while you do what you need to do? Because grown up time is important too.

This Week @SPL

Tuesday June 16th – 10:30 Preschool Storytime Dance Party (ages 3-5)
stdancepartyThursday June 18th – 10:30 Early Explorers (toddler storytime) AND a preview of our Makercamp from 1-4, stop by and check out some of the projects we will be working on this summer (grades 5th and up).  Makercamp is designed by Google and we are please to announce that we have been accepted as an offical campsite this year!  Here’s a quick video about the program.

Friday June 19th – Scholastic Book Fair!! help us earn prizes for all our summer reading club participants and get some great reads to stock your kid’s bookshelves.


Scholastic Book Fair is Coming!!


We will be hosting a Scholastic K-8 Book Fair from Friday June 19th through Friday June 26th.

Funds raised will help purchase books for prizes for our Summer Reading Club participants. Everyone is invited to attend this fun reading event that helps inspire children to become lifelong readers. The kids put a lot of effort into reading all summer and we are excited to reward them with books for their own personal library.

The Book Fair will correspond with the registration period and the first week of Summer Reading Club.  SRC is open to any reader who has completed Kindergarten through 5th grade.  It starts Wednesday June 24th at 1:00 and runs every Wednesday through July.

Thank you for your support!

Tuesday Storytime Summer Schedule

We’ve planned out the next few weeks so you can plan on joining us!  Tuesday storytime is designed for 3-5 year olds but not limited to those ages, it starts at 10:30 and lasts about 25 minutes.  Here’s our summer line up:

June 1st

The Three Little Pigs Construction Zone – hear the classic tale and then we will build the three different houses and find out which one really is the strongest.

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Character Favorites! Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin, includes a Pete craft.

June 16th

Storytime Dance Party! – exactly as much fun as it sounds.

June 23rd

ScienceTime – The Rainbow Connection

June 30th

Superhero Training Academy – costumes welcome but not required.

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Character Favorites! – Otic the Tractor by Loren Long

July 14th

Stretchy Storytime – yoga for pre-schoolers

July 21st

Storytime Cabaret – stories about music and our own DIY band

July 28th

ScienceTime – magnets

Art Night at SPL – June 30th

Tuesday June 30th from 6-8pm! All Ages!

Collage artist Michael Albert, author of An Artist’s America, will display his modern pop art prints and get you started creating your own collage project.

Bring in cereal boxes if you have them (we will provide them if you don’t). Creative fun for the whole family.

Check out Michael’s webpage to see examples of his work.  Everyone will leave with their own masterpiece.

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You Should Read This.

You should. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you like, you should read El Deafo byeldeafo Cece Bell.

Do you like comics or graphic novels? You should read it.

Do you dislike comics or graphic novels? You should read it anyway.

Did you have an idyllic childhood? You should read it.

Were you the brunt of all classroom jokes? You should read it.

Do you have an hour and a half in a doctor’s waiting room with nothing to do? I did, and I read it and I loved it.

El Deafo is one of those fantastic books that just works for most everyone, you can sympathize, empathize or just be entertained by the wonderful inner dialog that sometimes escapes for everyone to hear.  The book received a 2015 Newberry Honor Award as well as a finalist for The Kirkus Prize.