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Summer Reading

Register for Summer Reading!

It's finally here!! Our Summer Reading Program runs from Monday, June 24th through Saturday, August 3rd and is open to children of all ages (including pre-readers!)

How does it work?

Sign up any time between now and August 3rd on our Summer Reading Registration Form. All registrations will be conducted online, and we ask that you please sign each child up separately. 

How does my child keep track of their reading time?

We have two options:

(1) Younger children may like the Dig Into Reading Log, in which they can color or cross out different symbols for every 15 minutes they read. Please click here or on the image below to access a PDF version of the Dig Into Reading Log.

(2) Older children may prefer the Calendar Reading Log, in which they can simply write down the amount of time they read each day. You can find a PDF version of the Calendar Reading Log by clicking here or on the image below.

What else do I need to know?

* Stop into the Library to pick up a Weekly Visit Chart. We'll stamp your chart each week when you visit the Children's room, give you a weekly prize, AND give you tickets for weekly raffle prizes, including books, sports tickets, museum passes, and much more!

* Completed reading logs can be turned into the Children's department at the end of the program to receive a small prize.

* Be sure to come to our End of Summer Party on Tuesday, August 6th at 1:30 pm at Valleyview featuring animals from Eyes of the Wild. Woohoo!

Why Is Summer Reading So Important?
If you don't use it, you lose it!

“Regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic level, or previous achievement, children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer.”

- Kim, Jimmy. “Summer Reading and the Ethnic Achievement Gap,” The Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (2004). 

“… the best predictor of summer loss or summer gain is whether or not a child reads during the summer. And the best predictor of whether a child reads is whether or not he or she has access to books.”

- Allington, Richard L. and McGill-Franzen, Anne. “Bridging the Summer Reading Gap,” Scholastic Instructor (2003, May/June).

Want to learn more? Click here or on the image below to find out how reading avoids the "summer slide." One more reason to join our Summer Reading Program! 

Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out these great sites:

ALSC Summer Reading List

Amazon's Summer Reading for Kids

Bankstreet College of Education Summer Reading Lists

Common Sense Media Summer Reading for Kids

DC Public Library Books for Kids Summer Reading Lists and Activities

International Reading Association Reading Lists

Lakeview Suggested Reading Summer 2013

New York Public Library's Summer Reading 2013

Oprah's Kids' Reading List

Reading Rockets Big Summer Read 2013

Have a Happy Summer!