When I was a school librarian, summer was the time for me to read all of the Sunshine State Young Readers Award books to prepare for the upcoming school year.
Sometimes I enlisted my own kids to help me out as well. I have learned some valuable lessons as both a teacher and mother when it comes to reading and children that may help ease some of those summer reading woes.
Pamela's Summer Reading Tips for Parents
Try family reading. Children who are learning to read need to have reading role models. Have a family reading time when either the family reads or listens to a book together, or have a family quiet time for independent reading.
Don't force it. Allow children to read what they like to develop consistency. During the school year, children are mostly told what to read. Let summer be the time to select material that may not be on the summer reading list. Graphic novels, magazines, and even travel or table books still offer the skills needed to develop vocabulary and comprehension (as well as good conversation).
Create a summer reading book club. Get a group of your child's friends together and host a weekly book club meeting. Not only will this help them conquer that book with a group of friends but it can lead to a more in-depth study because of the discussions they will have.
For children, summer reading should be a time to re-energize before the new school year. Whether it is ten minutes or two hours, help your child discover the joy of reading.
Amazing things are happening,
– Pamela Monroe, Library Director
The library is offering fun summer programming for all ages throughout June and July. This summer's theme is Oceans of Possibilities.
Bring the kids to an engaging and educational children's event, pick up an adventure bag, and go on a scavenger hunt!
Teens can enjoy fun crafts and games as well as a series of workshops on adulting and building social I.Q.
Events for adults include special book clubs and a presentation on Artificial Reefs in the Florida Big Bend from the Organization for Artificial Reefs.
Find all this and more at LeonCountyLibrary.org/SummerPrograms.
Join our Summer Reading Challenge with Beanstack, the Library's fun new reading tracker. Create an account and log your reading time. Between June 6 and July 31, children and teens up to 18 years old can participate in the summer reading challenge or attend a Library program for a chance to win prizes! But Beanstack isn't just for kids. Adults can create an account, too. Track your books and add friends to see what they are reading.
Artificial Reefs: Building a Future for Marine Recreation in the Florida Big Bend
Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m.
Dr. B.L. Perry, Jr. Branch Library
Join us as volunteers from the Organization for Artificial Reefs (OAR) discuss the local marine environment and how artificial reefs enhance the ecosystem. The presentation will include an exciting video of reef deployments and marine life.