Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Great River Regional Library (GRRL) will begin its annual Summer Reading Program (SRP) for children and teens ages 0-18 Monday, June 14, continuing through Aug. 14. Registration takes place at GRRL branch libraries beginning June 14.
The goal of the SRP is to encourage reading and to keep young readers reading during the summer months. Studies show that children who enroll in library summer reading programs maintain or improve their reading skills more than those who do not. They become better readers, and that influences their success as adults. A recent report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation draws a direct line between reading and the nation's long-term economic well-being, and recommends that children participate in summer activities that protect against summer learning loss.
All 32 branch libraries in GRRL will offer summer programs aimed at three different age groups, 0 to 3, 3 to 12, and grades 6 to 12. Three-year-olds and 11-to 14-year-olds may choose which program they would like to be in, but participants may only be in one SRP. The programs are:
"Make a Splash Ð Read to Me" for children from 0-3
The 0-3 program for babies and toddlers prepares children for continued success through the development of early language skills. Parents receive a Read-to-Me booklet and activities to do with their children. When all the activities are completed, the child receives a prize for successfully finishing the program. It's a program designed to help kids develop the first and essential building blocks to literacy such as letter knowledge and vocabulary.
"Make a Splash Ð Read" for children ages 3-12
The 3-12 program provides children with a goal of nine hours of reading. The time is broken into 20-minute segments that they mark off on a reading record. When the reading record is completed, the child receives a prize for successfully finishing the program.
"Make Waves @ Your Library" for teens in grades 6-12
The teen program asks teens to track their reading in 30-minute segments which they mark on coupons they then enter for local and regional incentive drawings.
The activities, prizes and supporting programs and parties provided by branch libraries are designed to keep kids involved and to make the experience one they'll enjoy returning to each year.
The Minnesota Zoomobile
The Minnesota Zoo's Zoomobile will visit all GRRL branch libraries Tuesday, June 8, through Wednesday, June 30. The Zoomobile and its team of trained naturalists provide an educational and entertaining environmental experience. Naturalists use live animals, biological artifacts, theater techniques and audience participation to create a dynamic, personal and fun program for all ages. Admission is free of charge. As of June 14, this program can provide a perfect time to bring children to the library to register for the SRP.
Zoomobile Schedule for Kimball is 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 16.
The Zoomobile programming is funded in part with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.