You know I love my public library. I am always discovering new offerings besides great books there. I took one of my students to our Fairfield Public Library for a summer outing. As we climbed the stairs to the children’s library, we were greeted with a huge poster with a ground hog saying, “Dig Into Reading” with little bunnies representing all the children who are signed up for their summer reading program. Judging from the fact that I couldn’t get a parking spot, this program is successful in attracting kids to the library. I overheard a mom say that her daughter comes every day. Yea! Kids can go online and log all the books they have read. Summer reading lists are available by grade if they want suggestions, and can even write a review. Rewards are offered after reading a certain number of books or pages.:
- 5 books/500 pages: Put your name on the “Wall of Fame” and choose a bookmark.
- 10 books/1000 pages: Seed packet and Dig Into Reading tatoo
- 20 books/2000 pages: Scratch art and Hobby Town coupon
- 25 books/2500 pages: Ticket to Bluefish baseball game certificat of completi9ns and hame honored in a library book.
Raffle drawings for summer goodies are held weekly so kids are excited to earn raffle tickets by reading 5 more books, visiting the library, attending events and participating in challenged like finding the gnome this week. What a clever way to encourage kids to get to know all the nooks and crannies of their children’t library–search for a gnome. Is it in the farmyard, on the train, on the pretend stage, or near the mailbox where kids regularly send letters to their favorite characters? My friend and I needed a little clue to find the gnome but were excited to find him in the middle of the biographies–just don’t tell the kids!