Thursday, August 3, 2017

Summer Reading Program Helps Kids Fight August Doldrums

There's plenty of time yet to read
wonderful books and finish
your summer reading log!
Summer break is half over -- are your kids bored yet? There’s still plenty of fun to be had through the library’s Children’s Summer Reading Program!  

Enjoy a bunch of great books with your kids, engage your teens’ creativity with essay writing and cover art contests, and sign your kids up for fun programs at the library.

If you're not signed up yet,  the program works like this:

  • Babies through third graders read (or have read to them) 15 books; fourth through sixth graders read 10 books; and teens in grades 7–12 read five books.
  • Ebooks and audio books count toward the total.
  • Kids and teens can read any books they choose.
  • Kids and teens can track their reading online or use a reading log they pick up in any Fairfax County Public Library branch.
  • Take the completed log to a library branch by September 2 to pick up your coupon book of free prizes and discounts. Teens will also be entered in a drawing for a gift card prize.

“The Summer Reading Program is Fairfax County Public Library’s way of supporting our schools…it aims to encourage children to enjoy reading,” said George Mason Regional Library Youth Services <anager, Jane Anspaugh. "It’s important for kids to read over the summer so that their reading abilities can grow and not diminish in preparation for the next school year."

The Children’s Summer Reading Program also seeks to stimulate new reading interests by providing fun group experiences that give children a chance explore their creativity and the world around them, and build social skills in the process. Programs range from story times to special events like Beech Tree Puppets, Leesburg Animal Park, Cupcake Wars (yum!). Enroll with a friend and make it a play date!

So beat the summer doldrums. Dr. Seuss once said, “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax. All you need is a book.” Sign up for the Summer Reading Program and have an amazing, magical time.

The George Mason Friends has been a major sponsor of the Fairfax County Summer Reading Program for years, and provided a $50,000 grant to the program in 2017. GMF has also established an endowment to ensure the program is funded in the future.

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