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Children's Summer Reading

Once again the Children’s Department is gearing up for the summer and our famous Summer Reading Program! Summer is an important time to motivate children to read for fun. Not only does it make the summer months fly by, it also prevents “summer slide”- the loss of critical reading skills over the summer, and ensures that children go back to school in the fall ready to learn!

This summer students going into grades 1 through 6 will participate in a program we’re calling “Race to Space” and we’ll also offer a family read together program for preschoolers and their parents called “Reach for the Stars.” Our program is designed to encourage children to read at least 20 minutes per day by offering incentives for every 100 minutes of reading.

Reach for the Stars: A Family Read-Together Program Just for Preschoolers

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The sky’s the limit when you set your sights on a good book!

When registering, you will be asked to create a username and password to access your summer reading account. You may begin logging books on June 16th, and picking up prizes June 26th through August 19th. Please ask at the children’s desk if you have questions or need help setting up your account.

If you have more than one preschool aged child, feel free to register your whole family under one child’s name. Once registered, login and enter the titles of the books you and your children read together – it’s okay to log the same book over and over. We know that’s how many preschoolers enjoy their favorite books!

Every five books earns each child a small prize to take home and the chance to add their name to our special Reach for the Stars display. Once your family reaches 30 books, each child will receive a prize and a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of our BIG prizes!

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Race to Space: A Summer Reading Program for Students Entering Grades 1-6

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Join the Race to Space for a summer filled with far out fun!

You will need to create a username and password to access your summer reading account. Then, read 20 minutes a day and log your reading time to earn a new prize every week and unlock fun challenges! You may begin logging your books on June 16th. Prizes will be available for pick up beginning June 26th.

To finish the race, you need to read 600 minutes this summer. If you finish early, join the race for one of our Grand Prizes by reading 1200 minutes before the program officially ends on August 19th.

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