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!
Summer Reading is coming up fast, and the Youth Services department is looking for teen volunteers to help make Summer Reading 2015, Every Hero Has a Story, the best yet! We’re really excited about the programs and events we have planned, and we need some great teens to help us carry them out.
Teens will be able to choose from an assortment of tasks like helping children with crafts or activities, collecting reading logs and handing out prizes, and helping to prepare for storytimes, crafting or other programs. We’ll be asking our volunteers to sign up for at least three time slots to volunteer during the summer so they’ll be able to schedule times around other commitments like sports, jobs, or family vacations.
Not only is Spring on the way, but it’s Teen Tech Week at the library! From March 8 through 14, this week is a time for teens to geek out at the library while exploring new technology or familiarizing themselves with online resources (beyond Wikipedia). We’ll be hosting a variety of programs during Teen Tech Week for teens to come and enjoy.