As our Summer Reading Programs wind down to their conclusion on August 1, we are starting to look back over the summer and look ahead to Summer Reading 2016. This year, we had record numbers of kids and adults signing up for and participating in Summer Reading. Over 1,000 kids and teens took part in Every Hero Has a Story, and over 650 adults signed up for the adult program, Summer Rules!
We’re asking your help as we think about next year’s Summer Reading! If your kids participated in Every Hero Has a Story, we’d love to hear what you thought. If you don’t mind answering a few questions about your experiences, please follow the link to Every Hero: Parents’ Survey about Their Families’ Experiences.
All your input will be considered as we work to improve our services and offerings for future programs including 2016 summer reading. Thank you for helping us with another fun-filled summer of reading!
Every year during the Spring Lake Heritage Festival, we spend a day celebrating animation pioneer and Spring Lake’s most famous son, Winsor McCay. This year, Winsor McCay Day is Tuesday, June 16, and we have a full day of programs honoring him scheduled at the library.
First up at 10:30am is Who Was Winsor McCay? Local author and illustrator Aaron Zenz will teach kids about Winsor McCay, his art, and show some of his cartoons including his most famous creation Gertie the Dinosaur.
For our aspiring artists entering 3rd grade or older, local artist Kevin Collier is teaching a Cartooning Workshop at 2pm. Will the next Winsor McCay attend and learn about cartooning and the animation business? We’ll have to wait to see.
Winsor McCay first rose to national prominence when his chalk drawing of the sinking of the Alpena was photographed and sold on postcards. He was only 11 at the time! In honor of McCay’s drawing, we’re hosting a Family Sidewalk Chalk Party in our parking lot. From 7-8pm, families are welcome to come, choose a parking space, and create their own works of art. We can’t guarantee any drawings will become postcards, but we can provide chalk, balloons, and refreshments. For the safety of everyone involved, the parking lot will close for the evening at 6pm.
Have you ever seen Gertie the Dinosaur? You can watch her now on YouTube or check out one of the DVDs available at the library. We also have a large section of our website dedicated to Winsor McCay for online browsing. We invite you to further explore his life, newspaper comics, and animated works.
May 14 and 15 will be our last preschool storytimes for a few weeks as we get ready for Summer Reading. Our next storytimes will be June 11 and 12 at the regular time of 10:30am. Toddler Time and Bedtime Storytime are school year programs so our Wednesday morning and Tuesday evening storytimes will be back in September.
During this break, we’ll be preparing for this summer’s reading club ‘Every Hero Has a Story.’ The Summer Reading Club begins Monday, June 8. In addition to storytime, there will be plenty of fun things for kids of all ages this summer! We’re having a regular zoo and the Air Zoo visiting, a juggler and yo-yo artist, and several Community Heroes from a veterinarian to firefighters to a farmer. We’re also having a birthday party for Harry Potter and a Royal Tea with a very special guest. You can see all the events planned on our Summer Reading calendar and set up reminders by adding your favorites to your Google calendar.
We can’t wait for the summer!
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is the newest program from the Spring Lake District Library to help encourage a love of reading in our youngest patrons! We know you already read to your children and bring them to library programs like Storytime or Toddler Time, but this is a new way to help you know exactly how many books your child hears and enjoys before entering kindergarten. The idea is simple – read 1,000 books to your baby or toddler before he or she goes to their first day of kindergarten.
Why? Research has shown that families who start reading aloud to children at birth help strengthen the child’s language skills and build their vocabulary – two important tools for beginning to read. One thousand is a big number, but if you read one book a day, that’s 365 books in a year. Two years would be 730 books, and in three years, you would have read 1,095. Repeats always count as do books read at storytime or by grandparents, older siblings, etc. By keeping track of books read to your child, you’ll create a keepsake to look back on of their early years – and a way to know that you really did read I am Invited to a Party! aloud 367 times.
Suddenly it’s spring, and Spring Break is almost here! If you’re staying in town for Spring Break, we have a great lineup of programs scheduled to keep everyone engaged and happy during the week off school. We’re also having our Spring Reading Club for kids in preschool through Grade 8 from April 6 – 18. Signups for the reading club begin on Monday March 30. Kids can read to earn prizes such as books, LEGO kits, movie passes, a Boxtrolls DVD, and a 2015 Guinness Book of World Records!