This is the entrance to the Georgetown Public Library, which is my public library. Please notice the sign in front. The Georgetown Public library is celebrating 50 years of service to our community! I am so thankful that our city values the library. I hope the place where you live, has a strong library program too!
The summer reading program starts soon at many public libraries. This library program has always been special to us. When I had a young family, it was important to find fun, free things to do! The library and its summer reading program was always at the top of my list.
We visited library once a week all summer long. We took advantage of story time and all the other interesting events the library offered in conjunction with the summer reading program. It was a very cool thing to do on a hot summer afternoon!
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to ask my youngest daughter, Sarah, what she remembered about the summer reading program or summer reading in general. She remembered checking out a great big stack of books and reading about half of them. She also remembered that her sister, Alexis also checked out a big stack and that she read all of hers. I was always glad that they were both reading.
Going to the library was a treat for us. I hope the girls never discover my clever plan. Our participation in this program was a ruse devised to prevent the dreaded “Summer Slide”. “Summer slide” is the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year¹.
Public libraries all over the country participate in the Summer Reading Program. Each library does things a little differently, but in general they follow the same theme that is established by the Collaborative Summer Library Program. This year themes are Wellness, Fitness and Sports. Here are this year’s slogans.
- Children: On Your Mark, Get Set, Read
- Teens: Get in the Game: Read
- Adults: Exercise Your Mind – Read (Yes, adults can participate, too!)
This year’s summer reading champion is Kate DiCamillo. You might know her as the author of the book Because of Winn Dixie. Here’s a link to her Top 10 Reasons to Participate in Your Local Library’s Summer Reading Program.
If you live in our Midmost, Central Texas area, here are some links to our local libraries. Visit a library near you and participate in the summer reading program.
- Georgetown Public Library
- Round Rock Public Library
- Austin Public Library
- Hutto Public Library
- Belton Public Library
- Burnet County Public Library System
- Liberty Hill Public Library
- Cedar Park Public Library
- Leander Public Library