Dream Big and Own the Night!

It’s hard to believe, but it is that time of year again: Summer Reading! This year the program begins on Monday, June 11 and runs through Saturday, August 4.

Kids from age 18 months to finishing fourth grade can participate in the children’s reading program. After signing up at any Grand Rapids Public Library, they will receive their reading record. This year it has twenty sets of eyes. Each set is equal to one book or fifteen minutes of reading. Once they have completed either, they can cut out a set of eyes and create anything they’d like! We even have lots of suggestions on the record including inventing a pet, making a picture frame, or creating a magnet. The possibilities are as endless as ones imagination. After reading 20 books or for 300 minutes, kids can pick up their T-shirt!

For teens finishing fifth through twelfth grades, just read eight books or read four books and do four activities in order to fill out a raffle sheet. Then, tell us which prize you might like to win, and we’ll enter your raffle into the drawing for the end of the program. You can fill out as many as you are able! The more you read, the better chance you have at winning one of the teen prizes. Some activities include stargazing, taking a nature walk, or riding your bike to the library. Teens will also receive a T-shirt after completing their first raffle.

Finally, NEW, this year, is a program just for babies 0-18 months! Practice the Every Child Ready to Read’s five early literacy skills (talking, writing, reading, playing, singing) and win a star plush toy for you baby. Remember, it is important to do each of these skills with your baby to guide him/her in learning to read.

So, grab that library card and head to your local branch! As always, if you need suggestions, just ask a librarian. One of them will be more than happy to find the perfect books to keep you busy reading this summer!

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