Summer Reading 2014—May 16, 2014
The end of the school year has arrived, and days filled with swimming, baseball, and family vacations are here. These activities are great, but I hope that your kids will also spend some time reading each day!
Monday, May 19, marks the beginning of the 2014 Summer Reading Program at the Hastings Public Library, and we have something for everyone in the family! Children preschool through 4th grade can pick up a “reading tally” at the library and use it to keep track of the days that they read for twenty minutes or more. It’s OK if they are not yet independent readers, as they may count time that someone reads to them. After reading for seven days, they may bring their sheet back to the library and receive a prize.
Kids in 5th-12th grade may pick up a sheet to record the titles of the books that they read this summer along with the number of pages in each book. The number of pages is how many “points” the books is worth, and those who reach a total of 1,000 points will receive an invitation to a party at the library.
There are many special programs on Tuesdays for all of our Summer Reading participants, including magician Adam White, Randy’s Music Jam, a science program from the Edgerton Explorit Center, and animals from the Magical Paradise Exotic Farm. We’ll also be showing feature-length movies on Thursday afternoons again this summer. Pick up a flyer in the library for the complete schedule of special programs and movies.
We also have special programs that are specifically designed for the 5th through 12th graders, and participants will earn 50 points each for attending these programs. There will be two craft sessions, a music workshop, a science program and a session about robots. We will also have three book discussions for these Summer Reading participants: “Frindle” by Andrew Clements, “Defiance” by Valerie Hobbs, and “Maniac Magee” by Jerry Spinelli. Kids who are interested in attending these discussions should check out a copy of the book and read it ahead of time—there will be copies available at the library desk. A flyer listing all of the teen programs with dates and times is available when you pick up your Summer Reading sheet.
The Summer Reading Program is generously funded by the Hastings Kiwanis Club, and we thank them for their continued support of children and reading. And adults should not feel left out—there is an adult Summer Reading Program at the Hastings Public Library as well! Ask for details the next time you’re at the library.