Is sum­mer read­ing just for lit­tle kids?

Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART - By TYLER CRAWFORD

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.

This Week’s Trivia Ques­tion: What is the 2016 Sum­mer Read­ing Theme?

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.

What Peo­ple Are Ask­ing runs weekly in Jump­start and is writ­ten by li­brar­i­ans at the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary. Ques­tions? Visit your lo­cal branch, email ask@ cc­plnet.org, call 410-996-5600 or visit www.ce­cil.ebranch.

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