Is summer reading just for little kids?
Special to the Whig
Dear Librarian: I have a teenager – is summer reading just for little kids?
Dear Reader: Summer reading is for all ages! In fact, teens have their own program at Cecil County Public Library, which includes fun prizes and incentives, as well as many engaging teen-centric events and classes.
You may have heard the term “summer slide,” which sounds like a pleasant family fun activity but actually refers to the tendency for students who don’t actively engage in educational opportunities to lose the knowledge and learning they gained during the school year.
But don’t worry. One of the easiest ways to reverse “slide” is simply by reading throughout the summer. Our summer reading program is almost here, which means we’ll be spending the next several months promoting reading and giving out prizes to those who complete a summer reading log. And teens have their very own program! We define “teens” as any child entering sixth to 12th grade. So if your child falls within that range, they can sign up for the summer reading program, read six hours, and be entered to win cool prizes. And the best part is they can complete as many logs as they want throughout the summer!
We also have thousands of items available digitally, from e-books (OverDrive) and digital magazines (Zinio), to e-audiobooks, movies and music (Hoopla). All you need is your library card, PIN and access to the internet (come to any CCPL branch if you don’t have internet at home). While students have reading assignments during the school year, the summer can be all about what’s most interesting to them. Sports, zombies, pop stars – if your teen is reading books, magazines or graphic novels, they are engaging their minds and beating summer slide.
Did you know listening to audiobooks is a valuable reading tool? Eighty-five percent of learning comes from listening and 30 percent of people are auditory learners. Listening to books exposes students to pronunciation of English, dialects and non-English words, expands vocabulary and can be combined with a physical book to guide struggling readers through the story. Audiobook narrators are actors who create compelling voices to make the stories come alive, thus improving attention spans.
AudiobookSYNC is a free program, available to all teens for 15 weeks, with a total of 30 teenfriendly audiobooks to download and keep. Many of the titles have curricular connections and all have high recommendations from both professional reviewers and casual audiobook listeners. For find out more, visit http://www. audiobooksync.com. You can even sign up for text alerts: text SYNCYA to 25827.
Research has shown that freedom of choice in reading materials is a clear indicator in summer reading success. If your teen is picking out what she wants to read and listen to, she’s more likely to finish the books and keep reading all summer long.
Not sure what to suggest to your teen to read? Common Sense media at https://www.commonsensemedia.org has an award-winning list for teen reads, and there’s a website dedicated to developing boys’ love of reading: http://www. guysread.com.
And our summer reading program has plenty of events for teens to hang out with other teens and explore topics from science experiments and games, to upcycling and art projects.
Our summer reading program begins June 1. To register, go to http:// www. cecil. ebranch. info/ teens/summer-reading.
Be sure to join us on June 4 to kick-off the summer reading season!
Last Week’s Trivia Question: How many people visit Longwood Gardens each year? Answer: Since 2012, over 1 million people visit Longwood each year.
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Upcoming Event: Curious young scientists ages 11 to 17 are invited to a science cafe on snap circuits next Thursday, May 26. At 3:30 p.m., students can create snap circuit projects that range from simple to complex using your science knowledge and creativity.
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