Tuesday, May 29, 2012

These summer events are free, fun and ‘educational’

Most children aren’t really keen on activities their parents deem “educational,” especially during their summer vacations. But Fauquier County Public Library is presenting more than eight weeks of free events and special activities for youth this year: Dream Big: Read for children and Own the Night for students entering sixth grade or higher.

A bonus for parents is that numerous studies have found that students who take part in their local library’s summer reading programs significantly improve their reading skills and avoid "learning loss." Don’t tell the kids that though, the programs are so much fun they may not even notice they are reading and learning. And this year, just for fun, the library is offering a summer reading program for adults.

Registration for the children and teen programs begin online Sunday, June 3, at and Monday, June 4, at all of the county’s public libraries. Weekly programs and special events — many of which the whole family will enjoy — begin June 16 and continue through Aug. 11.

Participants in the children’s and teen programs set their own personal reading goals when they register based on the types of books they like to read and how many books they plan to complete and log by Saturday, Aug. 11. The library's goal is for participants to collectively read 30,000 books before the programs end.

Dream Big features weekly story times and programs for babies and children through fifth grade, special family events, and games and activities that are fun and encourage reading. Children earn a spin of the prize wheel once each week after logging the number of books read since their last log-in.

Special Dream Big events include an appearance of nocturnal animals from the amazing Wildlife Ambassadors, musicians Suzanne and Jim, artist/comedian Paul Merklein, a stuffed animal fashion show, a finale concert with Brooksie Wells and much more.

The popular Tween Scene, for students who are not quite old enough for the teen programs, features activities designed for rising 4th and 5th graders, including art projects, science experiments, and games.

Own the Night, the library’s summer reading program for students entering sixth grade or higher, features a self-defense/personal safety class with a martial arts instructor, T-shirt art, a Wii game day, a dream journal writing workshop, glow-in-the-dark jewelry making, a movie night, a swap shop and pizza taste-off, and a star gazing party. Lots of good reads will keep everyone sharp during the dog days of summer. Teens may earn small prizes throughout the summer by reading, but may win bigger prizes by writing book reviews and entering them in weekly drawings.

All children’s and teens’ events are free courtesy of the Friends of the Fauquier Library. Other sponsors supporting the programs include Chick-fil-A; Dairy Queen; Earth, Glaze and Fire; Effee’s Frozen Treats; Five Guys; Latitudes; and Rollerworks Family Skating Center.

The theme of the adult summer reading program, June 1 through August 31, is Beach Read Bingo sponsored by Friends of the Fauquier Library. Adults may pick up “bingo” cards with squares representing various genres, such as romance, history, mysteries, etc. Once they have read books in at least five of the categories they may return the cards to be entered in a drawing for an Amazon Kindle Fire.

Programs are offered at all Fauquier County public libraries. Call (540) 422-8500 for more information.

1 comment:

  1. it is a really great program. i tried it and it helped me improve my reading level and capacity.