Summer reading FUN

MARQUETTE – Children can lose some academic knowledge over the summer months. To help prevent that from happening, local libraries are offering summer reading programs for children of all ages.

This summer the Peter White Public Library is offering many different summer reading programs for both children and teens. This year’s themes are Fizz, Boom, Read for the children and Spark a Reaction for the teens. These are science-themed summer reading programs that encourage science and math skills as well as reading.

At PWPL, children and teens have a chance to win three free books throughout the summer. Kids need to read or be read to for 20 minutes a day for 10 days before each book fair day, which are June 1, June 18 and Aug. 8. After they log the minutes they only need to bring their signed log in and get their free book, said Sarah Rehborg, youth services librarian at the PWPL. The book fairs are her favorite part about the summer reading program, she said.

“The book fairs are a lot of fun and it’s great to see how excited the kids get to get a free book that maybe has been on hold for a while at the library,” Rehborg said.

Other libraries in the area are doing similar reading programs with rewards as well. At the Negaunee Public Library, kids can pick up a reading log and a book from the library and for every 15 minutes they get a small prize when they bring the log back in signed by their parents. At the Forsyth Township Public Library, there are summer reading lists for children and teens separated by grade level and when they sign up for the program each child will get a goodie bag and a free book. For every book that they check off the list, they get to pick a small prize when they bring the book back. Teens participating at the Forsyth Township Public Library program will get their name entered in a drawing for every book read off the list.

The Richmond Township Library is also participating in the Fizz, Boom, Read program and for every book a child reads they get to pick a prize, too. In addition to the program the Richmond Township Library is also having activites Wednesdays starting June 11. Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., library director Jan St. Germain will read a book to the kids and then have a craft ready for them to do that fits with the book.

“For example, if one of the activities is building a volcano then I’ll read a book about volcanoes before we dive into the craft,” she said. “We have a lot of fun at the library.”

The Wednesday activity program is for all ages, but children under 7-years-old must have a caregiver or sibling 10 years of age or older present. The crafts are designed to be enjoy by young kids and their older siblings too.

“I’ve found that no matter what the age the older kids still enjoy being read to,” St. Germain said. “They also seem to really enjoy helping the younger kids with their crafts, and it’s great to see how much fun they have.”

To learn more about the summer reading programs or how to sign up contact your local library.

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243. Her email address is