Summer Reading

     Read for the Gold at Waukegan Public Library!

The 2013 Summer Reading Club runs June 8 to July 28 for participants birth to 12th grade to read for fun and earn prizes as they complete their reading goals. Prizes include t-shirts, coupons from local businesses, iTunes gift cards, an eReader and much more!

The library will celebrate the summer program with games, activities, free henna tattoos and a petting zoo on Saturday, June 8 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm.

Information about the 2013 Summer Reading Club is available by calling the Children’s Department at 847-623-2041, ext. 280. Participants can join the reading club at any time between June 8 and July 28 to receive a prize.

Summer Reading programs begin at many area libraries this week, and they offer a terrific opportunity for your students and their families:

  • Summer Reading programs are free and fun! Libraries offer simple sign-ups for children and teens to read and win prizes.  Often there are activities and events that follow the library’s summer theme, making the library a community center for families. In addition to Summer Reading programs, many libraries offer free museum passes to families during the summer.
  • Summer Reading programs help avoid the “summer slide.” A number of studies show that children of all income levels learn at similar rates during the school year, but, speaking generally, children from lower income level homes do not make the same learning gains as middle income level children during the summer. These children enter the next school year less prepared. You can see the impact of this effect in this interesting video.
  • Summer Reading programs help adult learners build library skills. Checking out books, audio books and DVD’s can help adult students feel comfortable using library services and see the library as a learning resource for themselves and their families. Many libraries offer a Summer Reading program for adults too—with a chance to win prizes!

Encourage your student to discover the Summer Reading program at their library! Suggest their children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews participate. If you tutor at a library, consider using some of your tutoring session to introduce your student to the youth and/or adult librarians to sign up.  After all, someone will be winning those reading prizes…why not your student or their family members!


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