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Reading Programs

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Urbandale Library Summer Reading Program

READ AND WIN PRIZES!

First Session runs June 5th – July 2nd

Second Session runs July 3rd – July 30th

Reading Logs may be picked up beginning Tuesday, May 31

  • TUMBLERS – (Age 12 months to 2 years) Parents are encouraged to keep track of the days each week that they read to their child.
  • STRIKERS – (3 to 5 years) Parents are encouraged to keep track of the days each week that their child reads or is read to.
  • SPRINTERS – (Age 6 to 9 years) A reading program for children who are ready to read longer chapter books. Children keep track of each day they read during the week.
  • ATHLETES – (Age 10 to 12 years) Tweens can earn a chance to win a prize for each book that they read. After 4 weeks of reading, earn a prize and choose which prize(s) they’d like a chance to win.
  • OLYMPIANS – (Age 13 to 18 years) Do you read blogs, zines, books or listen to audio books? Teens may read whatever they like this summer. Teens will earn a chance to win a prize each time they read. After 4 weeks of reading, earn a prize and also choose which prize(s) they’d like a chance to win.

Click here to check out the special events planned for this summer! 

Summer Reading Facts

All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.

 

Students participating in a summer reading program are more likely to read at their grade level or above than their nonparticipating peers, and those reading above grade level are more likely to retain those skills into the next school year (School Library Journal).

Summer reading programs are geared for reading for the fun of it. If you can read, thank a teacher. If you love to read, thank a librarian. Get to know your local children’s library staff. All are qualified to recommend books of interest to your child.

Follow these tips to keep your child reading:

  • Visit your local public library – The Urbandale Public Library!
  • Most libraries will have programs to motivate children to read, usually by keeping logs, which when finished can be returned for incentive prizes.
  • Show children that reading is important to you.
  • Model, model, model. It cannot be emphasized enough that children who observe their parents reading become readers themselves. Make sure there are plenty of reading materials scattered throughout the house — not just novels, but magazines and newspapers as well.
  • Make reading a family activity. When everyone gathers together at the end of a busy summer day, read a book aloud. It’s a great way to unwind. A picture book is a fine choice, but reading a book that will last several weeks or more extends the pleasure and excitement.
  • Set reading times and find the fun in books.
  • The number one golden rule is to make time to read over the summer — parents should designate an hour a day just for books, or set aside a time once a week to go to the library.
  • Let kids choose books they want to read – just for fun.

Take reading on the road

When preparing for family road trips, stock up on audio books from your library. Let your children choose some stories to listen to in the car. These tips are from: http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=1412.