SUMMER READING FOR BIRTH – 5TH GRADE

2020 Program

June 1st – July 24th

Early Literacy
Birth through Preschool

What little one doesn’t love fairy tales and fantasy?  Our Early Literacy program is designed for young ones birth through preschool and completes like a bingo board full of activities and suggested reading.  Programs and prizes keep our youngest patrons entertained and wanting to visit the library!

Stop by the children’s desk to register your
infant/toddler/preschooler!

Children’s
Kindergarten – 5th Grade

Our children’s program is for those entering Kindergarten – 5th grade and will be completely revamped this year!

Register at the children’s desk to pick up your summer reading bag.  Inside, you’ll find your Passport to summer at the library.  Complete each of the 8 pages to earn prizes,
entries into our grand prize drawings, and
Book Bucks for use at the Scholastic Book Fair!

Summer Reading Events

June

  • Monday, 6/1 – Movie Kickoff @ 1pm
  • Saturday 6/6 – Watch Out for Giants! Story Time @ 2:30pm
  • Monday 6/8 – Jason Kollum, Juggler @ 10:30am
  • Thursday 6/11 – Lego® Day @ 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Monday 6/15 – Lego® Derby @ 1pm
    *Registration Required*
  • Thursday 6/18 – ISU Magician’s Lab Day Camp @ 1:00-3:00pm
    *Registration Required*
  • Wednesday 6/24 – Mike Prestby, Magician @ 2:00pm

July

  • Monday 7/6 – Jester Puppets @ 10:30am
  • Thursday 7/9 – Lego® Day @ 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Friday 7/10 – Intro to Chess (all ages) @ 1:00pm
  • Tuesday 7/14 – Star Lab mobile planetarium @ morning sessions
    *Registration Required*
  • Wednesday 7/15 – Lego® Derby @ 1pm
    *Registration Required*
  • Thursday 7/16 – Fairy Tale Frenzy @ 5:30-6:30pm

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I sign up?

A: You can register your child(ren) at the Children’s Desk downstairs in the library.

Q: Can I register online?

A: No.  When you sign up, you will receive a bag full of all the things you need for Summer Reading.  Because of that, we do not have online registration for children.

Q: Why read during the summer?

A: On average, children lose about two months (!) worth of learning over the summer if they don’t read.  It’s nicknamed the “Summer Slide” and can accumulate over the years.  That means that by middle school, if a child doesn’t work to retain what they’ve learned, they could be more than 2 years behind their classmates!  The good news is: Summer Slide can be prevented!  Reading (for enjoyment!) just 20 minutes a day helps children retain what they’ve learned throughout the school year and helps them to start their fall semester more successful.

Reading isn’t the only way to beat the summer slide: try cooking, planting a garden or listening to audio books!

Q: Can I complete the program more than once?

A: No. Each participant may only complete their program once over the course of the summer.

Q: Do we need to be present to win the grand prizes?

A: No.  While we will draw our winners for the grand prizes at the End of Summer Reading Pool Party (or, alternatively, at the library if the pool party is canceled due to weather), you need not be present to win.  We will give you a call if there is a prize to pick up!

Q: When do prizes need to be picked up by?

A: The 4 prizes you can earn by completing pages in your passport need to be picked up before the program ends on July 24th.  Grand prize drawings will be held July 26th with non-present winners notified the following day.  Should you receive a call that you have a prize to pick up, it must be picked up by August 14th or it will be forfeited.