Get ready for a "super" summer at the library with our Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Program for ages three and up. This is an eight-week program designed to encourage pleasure reading and prevent summer slide--where the lack of reading during summer break causes a decrease in children's reading skills. We are here to help you defeat that evil villain Summer Slider with superhero fun! Registration opens on May 26--right after Memorial Day. Stop at either location to pick up your starting materials. The kids' program is for ages 3-entering grade 5, plus there is a teen program for grades 6-12, and one for adults. The program dates are June 8-July 31. Once you are registered, you can start recording your reading and may turn in your first card as soon as Day 1 of the program.
How does the kids' program work? Weekly cards featuring different types of heroes are available each week. Kids are asked to do six literacy activities listed on the card--at least two hours of reading is required. When six activities are completed, kids return the card to the library. Instead of earning a weekly doodad, kids will be heroes for someone else this year by donating their reading time to raise money for three local charities:
- Make-A-Wish Foundation--grants wishes to children with a life-threatening illness, and our donation will help fund a wish for a child in the Fox Valley
- Chances Animal Rescue--a no-kill shelter on Lake Park Road
- A Very Special Place--an adult day service that helps empower people with physical, behavioral, intellectual, and developmental disabilities and their families to lead fuller lives
The charity with the most votes will receive $500, second place $300, and third place $200. Kids will vote each time they finish a card.
To add to the fun, we have fifteen grand prizes for kids that we will be giving away at the end of the program. Each time a reading card is turned in, the child will earn an entry into the drawing. To make things even more fun, kids will earn a free book when they complete cards 3, 6, and 8, and they will receive a certificate if they complete all eight weeks.
We also have great family programs all summer on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. plus some Thursday events for tweens (ages 8-12), and Friday events. Check out our brochure or web calendar for more details. Friend us on Facebook for updates as well.
Add some "Pow!" "Bam!" and "Zap!" to your summer by joining the Every Hero Has a Story summer reading program! Increase your reading superpowers and defeat that sinister villain Summer Slider by reading great books from the library. Be a hero for your brain and a hero for those in need--sounds pretty "super," eh?