Friday, July 31, 2009

Summer Reading Programs

I spent many summers flying through the pages of crisp paperbacks. I devoured them as fast as I could. As I got older I moved on to sturdy hardbacks that could double as door stops. I flew through them just as fast. I didn't keep track of how many books I read or how many pages I read. I read them just because I loved to read. My library never had any kind of reading program. Actually the librarians frowned on children even entering the building. They would glare down at you and make even the best children (yours truly) feel like a criminal. (How cute am I? And don't even act like you aren't jealous of my kneesocks!)

Fast forward twenty-five years and the very same library is filled with women who encourage every childs love of reading. My boys were lucky enough to participate in their wonderful summer reading program. I know some people are against the idea of giving prizes for reading but I just can't see the downside. Prizes + reading = awesomeness in my opinion. Every week we would religiously fill out their reading logs and turn them in. Every week they got certificates for free ice cream cones, mini-golf, hamburgers, etc. They were so excited to turn in their logs each week. Yesterday was the reward party for all the children who turned in their reading log for all eight weeks. They brought in a snake expert who taught them all about snakes then handed out prizes. I'm pretty sure I let out a yelp when my six-year-old won FIRST place for reading the most books in his age group!!!

They even sponsored an adult reading program. I managed to read ten books since June 1st. I won't know the results until next week. I'm sure someone outread me but I had just as much fun filling out my book log every week as the kids.

Does your library offer a summer reading program and did you participate?

Happy reading!


Thao said...

Too bad my libraries never offer any summer reading programs, not that I know off. I love the picture of you, really cute!

Iris Black said...

The local library has a similar program, but it stops at age 12. Maybe if they had prizes my required reading wouldn't seem so tough...

Congratulations to your six year-old!

Cara King said...

Love your ponytails!

I wish my library had had such a program when I was a kid. I would have cleaned up! :-)

TinaFerraro said...

Some of you know that one of my childhood friends was Felicia Bond, who has illustrated and written some award-winning picture books, IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE being just one. Anyway, she is the one who introduced me to the summer reading program at our local library, and as I recall, members of her family often were the top readers!

Mrs. V said...

My library does have a similar program, and they just had the last celebration on Wednesday. I started out by filling out the reading log in half hour time blocks, but then I stopped. I was always more concerned about the time rather than just reading. My girls were thrilled to go to the library, and never asked about the prize box. For now, I just focused on the excitement of going to the library and books as the reward. I figured as long as they read just because they want to read, I won't worry about the rewards. They did however participate in really fun weekly crafts.

I wonder if they will notice and start asking about the prize box next summer...

stephhale said...

I didn't know you knew Felicia Bond. Her books are favs around our house!