A Great Summer Read

Library Summer Reading Programs of Heroic Proportions!JAK-tastic read (2)
by Just Add Kids Founder,
Paula Herrmann

Reading over the summer months can make a huge difference for kids when they get back to school in the fall. With a lack of summer reading, children can actually loose up to three months in reading skill. Summer reading loss is cumulative, leaving some kids years behind as they get older. By the end of 6th grade, kids who lose reading skills over the summer may end up being two years behind their classmates.

Wow! I know, you don’t want your kid to end up on the low end of the reading spectrum. Don’t let your kiddo’s reading skills take a blow this summer. Read more…Our area libraries have once again come to the rescue in offering summer reading program incentives under “Every Hero Has a Story” and/or “Escape the Ordinary”,  this years themes for a nationwide summer reading program collaborative of public libraries.

POW! Pretty Outstanding Wins for the kids:

Summer Reading KABOOMChildren who read over the summer, do better in school. Reading 4 or 5 books over the summer can have a significant impact for middle school readers.

Summer Reading BANG!Summer reading programs usually take special needs into account and make adjustments for individual children.

Summer Reading WhamOne advantage of public library summer library programs is that they are not located in school buildings, which helps reduce the negative perception about summer learning for students who are struggling.

Summer Reading SPLASHKids learn more, when they do more and many of the library summer reading programs offer a lot free in-library, or library sponsored events all summer long.

Summer Reading BOOMSummer reading programs in public libraries usually encourage readers, especially those who are struggling, to use alternate formats such as magazines, recorded books, graphic novels, craft projects and material on the Internet. Plus, the libraries offer comfortable
places to relax and read.

Summer Reading POOFLibrary staff has in interest and is dedicated to motivating children to read.

Summer library programs see high return rates year after year, building reading into the child’s summer routine.

Here are a list/links and info for our local libraries offering summer reading programs:

Kenosha Public Library – Pick up your summer reading record available on KPL website and at all locations. Several categories to participate in: Early Literacy Program (birth-preschool); Elementary  Program (Grades K-5); Teen Program (Grades 6-12); Family Program (New!); Adult Summer Reading Program. Kick-of event is Saturday, June 6 from 10am-3pm at the Southwest Library.

Racine Public Library – Summer Reading Program Kick-off event will take place at Memorial Hall Plaza (72 – 7th Street) on Saturday, June 13th from 11am-3pm. Enjoy crafts, performers, face painting, games, fire truck, and meet some super heroes. Open to all ages! Free Event! No registration required.

Oak Creek Public Library – Register for the Summer Reading Challenge. You will get a reading record and valuable coupons for fun summer-long activities to do in the Oak Creek area! When your reading record is full, bring it back to the library for a chance to win a GRAND PRIZE! Registration opens June 8. First day turn in your reading records is June 15. Last day to turn your reading records is August 15.

Franklin Public Library – Join us for the Children’s Summer Reading Program kick-off party: “Super Hero Training Camp” on Friday, June 12th from 1-4pm.  The Children’s Summer Reading Program is for children birth to 5th grade. Games, snacks, crafts and more! Dress like your favorite super hero, yet costumes are not required. No registration for event necessary.

Community Library – It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Super Summer Reading! This year’s program is all about superheroes at our library! Leap into new books and materials in a single bound! You’ll be at our fantastic programs for all ages. Do you have super powers? Find out through our reading challenges and activities. Summer Reading Program Finale will be Saturday, August 8th from 10am – 2pm at the Salem grounds. Enjoy different activities and attend the grand prize drawing at the end of the day. You do not need to be present at the Grand Prize Drawing to win.

Graham Public Library – “Every Hero Has a Story” Story Wagon will take place on Tuesday mornings at 10am in the gym at Union Grove Elementary School, 1745 Milldrum Street, Union Grove. No registration required. Additionally, Superhero Training Camp story & craft activity will happening on Friday mornings at 10am at the library.

Burlington Public Library – Join us for “Every Hero Has a Story” this summer! Registration begins June 15h for the reading program, where children of all ages can earn prizes by completing six weekly bookmarks of fun reading activities.

Waterford Public Library – Program begins on June 8th.

Rochester Public Library – Summer Reading Program Sign-Up starts at 9:30am on Saturday, June 6th. This program kickoff is free and advance registration to attend is not required. Special summer program sign-up will also start. Programs fill up fast!

Cudahy Public Library – Summer reading starts June 1st! Stop in to register anytime before August 22nd for our free reading program.

St. Francis Public Library – Summer Sign-up Picnic in the Park will take place/begin on Monday, June 11th from 3:30 – 4:30pm.

Have a blast kiddos! It’s going to be a JAK-tastic summer of reading! Summer Reading SMASH






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