Even though the weather would have you believing otherwise, summer is almost upon us! And that means something else is coming up: the summer reading program! This year’s theme is Paws to Read, and we will be “pawsing” quite a bit!
This year’s program will follow the same guidelines as the last year, in 2013. We will be counting reading days, not just minutes read or books read. To cross off a reading day, you must have read or been read to for at least twenty minutes that day. Prizes are given when signing up and at ten, twenty, and thirty reading days. We will also have activities on the back of the reading log that can be completed for small prizes.
So mark your calendars – summer reading signup begins on Monday, June 2nd and the program will end on July 31st. See you soon!
For those who bake, construct, decorate and more, we have something for you! This year, we are hosting a very special Gingerbread House Contest. The contest, for children in grade 1 and up, is divided into the following categories:
Sugar Plum Category: This is a totally edible family entry of gingerbread and candy made by a parent(s) and child(ren).
Lollipop Category: This entry is made by children in grades 1 and 2 without adult help. The structure may be supported by cardboard.
Gum Drop Category: This entry is made by children in grades 3 and up without adult help. The structure may be supported by cardboard.
Entries may be dropped off starting Sunday, December 8th and ending on Thursday, December 12th at 5 PM. The entries may be viewed through Wednesday, December 18th. Each entry must be accompanied by an official entry form. Judges’ decisions are final.
Entries must be picked up by December 20th at 5 PM. No gingerbread house will be kept after that date, no exceptions.
It’s that time again! As the holidays approach, gear up for winter reading. This year we’ll be counting “reading days.” A reading day is any day that you read or are read to for at least 20 minutes. After 30 reading days, you get a prize! We’ll also have activity prizes that you can earn along the way. The program begins November 23rd and ends January 31st.
As you read your books and visit the library, you can make life sweeter by bringing in a non-perishable food item for the Youth Services Winter Food Drive. The food will be donated to the Avon Township Food Pantry. Just bring your donations to the Youth Services Desk and remember, Reading is Delicious!
Don’t forget about our annual Preschool Fair! Every year we open our doors to area preschools so that you can meet a variety of area providers and choose the right one for your child. You’ll have the chance to look over materials, compare services, and pose questions to the teachers themselves. Just drop in on Tuesday, October 15th, anytime between 6:30 and 8 PM.
Let’s Hear It For the Girls! is a brand new book club for 4-6 graders. Perfect for those who have graduated out of the American Girl Book Club, Let’s Hear It For the Girls focuses on stories about girls from all over the world and from all periods of time. Series like Dear America, The Royal Diaries, and Girls of Many Lands take center stage here. The first get-together will be Thursday, October 3rd at 4 PM. Pick up your copy of the book, The Fences Between Us by Kirby Larson, at the Circulation Desk and read it before coming. We’ll explore Piper’s world and enjoy activities that relate to her experiences. To sign up, visit our calendar, call 847.223.5313, or visit us at the Youth Services Desk.
Thursday, October 3rd
Watch book trailers, author interviews and more at Scholastic’s Videos in the Stacks. You can discover new books to read, learn behind-the-scenes details, and get exciting previews, like this clip for the Dear Dumb Diary movie. This is a great way to generate interest if you’re having trouble finding something to read or are just stuck in a book rut.
Construction ahead! The entire library will be re-carpeted during the month of August. Beginning next Monday, August 5th, carpet will be installed in the central area of the ground floor. This will extend from the lobby to the Adult reading area where the magazines are. During this time, the stairs to the Youth Department on the 2nd floor may be inaccessible, but the elevator will be available. After that portion is completed, new carpet will be laid in the Adult Nonfiction/Fiction area. From there, expect to see the carpeting continue into the other public areas of the library. We will keep you posted as the project moves along and the carpeting schedule for each area becomes more apparent. Thanks for bearing with us as the library gains a little facelift.