The “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ” summer reading program starts this summer at the Abington Community Library from June 13 until Aug. 5.
Children may take part in exciting events and classes like yoga, animal visits, crafts, sing-alongs, science experiments, and more. Teens may register for programs like Sewing 101, Cupcake Wars, or Mystery Theatre. Adults, enter a prize raffle each time you read a book, and stop by one of our regular groups like Scrabble, quilting, or book discussion.
This year, advance registration is recommended for kids. Families can stop by Hillside Park, Winola Road in Clarks Summit to register your children on one of two special park days. Both days will feature “Growing Vegetable Soup” by Lois Ehlert as a StoryWalk around the lake.
On Saturday, June 4 join us for a Story Songs Musical Workshop with Tim Farrell running each hour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children may also register for the Summer Reading Club on Saturday, June 11 during the Forever Young Fishing Derby or at the library beginning June 6.
Once children have their reading logs, they may begin logging minutes read starting June 13. When they register, they will also receive several other challenges and incentives to motivate them not only to read but also get moving throughout the summer. New this year, children may complete the program early if they go on vacation or just get too busy. They may turn in their logs as early as July 18 to receive a certificate and prizes.
Make lifelong learning a priority and schedule time this summer to read. Research shows that “summer slide” is all too prevalent during the months when children are out of school. Children who continue to read during summer vacation will perform better in the fall when school begins again. Help your children continue to build vocabulary, comprehension and other basic literacy skills during the summer. Lead by example and model recreational reading to your children, along with reading with them and to them. Be sure your child has access to reading materials such as books, magazines, and books on CD. All these materials are available for free at your local library. Stop by the Abington Community Library to register for reading-based activities all summer long.
Help us kick off our summer at the Clarks Summit Memorial Day Parade and walk with the library. Wear your sneakers, bring your water bottle, and help us pass out bookmarks and candy. We will see you at the flagpole if you choose to walk with us; otherwise we will see you along the way!