Summer events: Reading club expandsWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
The library’s summer reading club isn’t just for kids.
While the traditional club is for students entering kindergarten through fifth grade, there are also clubs for teens and adults and — new this year — a club for kids age 3 and younger called Read to Me, said Nancy Eames, youth services manager at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.
The national theme for this year’s summer program is “One World, Many Stories.” The program runs from June 6 to Aug. 6.
For the first time, reading hours will be tracked online.
Club members will log onto a website, src.toledolibary.org, to enter their reading hours. Web users can also access a summer events calendar, browse lists of suggested books, post book reviews or link their reading record to their Facebook pages, Eames said.
“Anyone who would like to can log in online and keep track of their reading that way,” Eames said. “You can log in 24/7 and even from a smart phone.”
The website will activate at noon June 6 when registration opens.
All four clubs offer incentive prizes for progress as well as regular drawings for more prizes.
Parents and children participating in the new Read to Me Club will focus on early literacy activities, such as reading an ABC book or visiting a library they don’t usually go to, Eames said. If parents read to their children for 30 days in a row, they earn a baby snack container and book.
Kids’ club members who complete 12 hours of reading this the summer — about 15 minutes per day — will receive a drawstring backpack for carrying books, Eames said.
Kids will also have the chance to win drawings for prizes such as gift cards to the Toledo Mud Hens, Barnes and Noble, Toys ‘R’ Us and more. Teen and adult readers will also have the chance to win prizes.
“The more you read in any of our clubs, the better your chances of winning,” Eames said.
Club participants will gain more than just prizes, however, Eames said.
“For kids and teens in particular, reading over the summer can help prevent what’s called the summer reading slide,” Eames said. “If you don’t pick up a book from the time you leave school until the fall, you will find your reading skills declined. Whereas kids who read during the summer will stay on grade level or maybe even advance.”
More than 100 performers and activities are scheduled during the summer, including musicians, puppeteers, storytellers, magicians and more, Eames said.
About 14,000 children and 6,000 teens and adults participate in Toledo-Lucas County Public Library’s summer reading program each year, Eames said.
“Adults are the reading role models for kids,” Eames said. “We hope they join, too.”
For more information, visit www.toledolibrary.org call (419) 259-5200 or pick up a free summer program guide at any branch library.
Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., in Perrysburg, will also offer the “One World, Many Stories” summer reading club. For more information, visit www.waylibrary.info or call (419) 874-3135.