The summer reading program is open to all children age pre-school through middle school. You can register your child in the Children’s Department, where your child will receive his reading log.
Youngsters who register are asked to record the titles of the books they read in their reading logs. Children from pre-school to grade 2 are asked to read or listen to 20 books; grades 3 and above are asked to read 10 books.
Those who complete this minimum amount of reading by July 29 are awarded a certificate and prizes. School principals are sent a list of the names of those students from their schools who participated in the program.
Students who take part in their local library’s summer reading program significantly improve their reading skills as noted in a recent three-year study by Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. They found that kids who participate in these programs are 52 Lexile points ahead of their peers who do not. So instead of losing knowledge and skills during the summer months, kids who attend reading programs actually show gains.
Special activities that will be held along with the reading program are: Preschool Storytime on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.; crafts each Tuesday at 2 p.m.; movies each Wednesday at 2 p.m.; Baby Bookworms on Thursdays at 1 p.m.; Baby Craft on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.; and cooking on Fridays at 2 p.m.
Some of the events require advance registration so that we will have enough supplies on hand. Detailed information will be provided in the Children’s Department along with sign-up sheets.
Movie Night at the library will be held May 26 in the Cleveland Bradley Community Room at 6 p.m. This month’s feature movie will be “The Man in the Iron Mask.” Come for a family fun night of free entertainment. Stop by the Book Worm Café by Deli Boys for dinner before the movie.
The library will be closed on May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.
For more information about the library and its services, go to www.clevelandlibrary.org.