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Welcome to the Summer Reading Program!

Registration for our program ended on July 18, but all participants have until the end of the month to finish their reading and pick up their prizes.  We'll be back next year starting June 1, so mark your calendars now.
This year we registered 4172 readers from birth through grade 5 - that's about 200 more than in 2013. Great job, everyone!

Summer reading is for the whole family, not just the kids!  You can do a lot towards helping your child love books and reading by making regular visits to the library during the summer and allowing him/her to choose their own books.  If you are excited about books in general, and particularly about what they’re reading, kids will pick up your enthusiasm!   In addition, taking the time to read with your child can help you evaluate their overall reading skills. 

What’s the big deal about reading over the summer?
According to the children’s literacy organization Reading is Fundamental (RIF), experts have found that “children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often slide backward.”   So instead of losing knowledge and skills during the summer months, kids who participate in reading programs actually show gains!  Also, summer reading loss is cumulative. Children don’t “catch up” in the fall because the other children are moving ahead with their skills.  So summer reading is a big deal!

More information:
Check out this fascinating infographic from education.com that helps you check if your child is at risk from summer reading slide.  Then c
lick here for another one about how summer reading can help to close the achievement gap.

Free access to STEM eBooks!
Our friends at Capstone books have generously offered to support Colorado readers with complimentary access to a special collection of 255 interactive eBooks aligned to the Summer Reading Program theme, Fizz, Boom, Read!

About the trial:
•       Complimentary trial is good through August 1, 2014
•       Read from library, home or mobile device - iPad compatible!
•       Unlimited access and simultaneous usage - no check out limits
•       Natural-voice audio and text highlighting on every book

Login Information 
•       Go to www.MyCapstoneLibrary.com
•       Username: fizz
•       Password: boom
•       Start reading!

More STEM eBooks at Unite for Literacy
A unique digital library of original nonfiction books carefully crafted to connect with young children and their families. The text, images and narrated audio support are designed to give families the immediate reassurance of seeing and hearing their home cultures reflected in a book.  Audio files allow the reader to listen to the books in multiple languages, including (but not limited to!) Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Japanese and Somali.  Click here to access the library.  (You can also access these titles through our library catalog by doing a keyword search for "Unite for Literacy")

Science for Kids Pinterest Page
Did you know that the library has a Pinterest page?  It's a great place to look for reading recommendations but for the summer reading program the Children's Library has also put together a Science for Kids page. Here you will find a variety of online resources kids can visit to get information on science related topics, science activities, online science games, interviews with scientists and more.  Check it out here!


Special Summer Events
We've got all kinds of fun things for kids of all ages going on at the library this summer!  See below for more info, or click here to print out our full summer reading flyer complete with calendar.  If you want detailed information about our Wonderful Wednesday & Fabulous Friday programs, that document can be found here.  Happy reading!
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End of Summer Reading Party at The Bay! - a free celebration for the Children's Library's 2014 Summer Reading Program registered participants and their immediate families.

Saturday, August 2
6 - 8 p.m.
The Bay Aquatic Park

Any kids who have signed up for the 2014 Children’s Library Summer Reading Program & their immediate families may attend (we will have a list of kids who have signed up).  This does not include other extended family members or friends. SPACE IS LIMITED by the capacity rules of The Bay.Click here for the informational flyer.
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