How can I keep my fam­ily en­gaged and read­ing?

Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART - By LEAH STAAB

Spe­cial to the Whig

Dear Li­brar­ian: I know sum­mer read­ing is im­por­tant, but do you have any tips for our fam­ily to keep en­gaged and read­ing?

Dear Reader: Ex­cel­lent ques­tion!

You prob­a­bly know that stu­dents who do not par­tic­i­pate in read­ing or ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties “slide” fur­ther and fur­ther be­hind their peers. The ef­fect of this slid­ing is cu­mu­la­tive, so each year of fall­ing be­hind could lead to a stu­dent’s low aca­demic achieve­ment or drop­ping out of school.

Sum­mer read­ing is im­por­tant be­cause it helps com­bat this slide. Sim­ply read­ing four to five books over the sum­mer may be pow­er­ful enough to pre­vent a de­cline in read­ing achieve­ment skills.

Ready to start sum­mer read­ing? The Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary’s 2016 sum­mer read­ing and learn­ing pro­gram be­gins June 1 with kick-off events June 4. It’s a fun, free and an ed­u­ca­tional way to stay aca­dem­i­cally en­gaged all sum­mer long. It also en­cour­ages chil­dren, as well as teens and adults, to read and ex­plore top­ics they are in­ter­ested in.

Re­search shows that read­ing through­out the sum­mer is im­por­tant to main­tain skills for the next school year. Try th­ese tips to keep your child read­ing! • Visit the li­brary. Check out books and par­tic­i­pate in ed­u­ca­tional and fun pro­gram­ming. • Let your kids and teens choose! Any kind of read­ing can help kids sus­tain or im­prove skills. • Read ev­ery day. • Ask ques­tions about what they’re read­ing! Start a con­ver­sa­tion and kids and teens can prac­tice com­pre­hen­sion skills by talk­ing about what they’re read­ing. • Con­nect what they’re read­ing to ac­tiv­i­ties. Go­ing to the zoo? Read “Life-Size Zoo” by Teruyuki Komiya. Plan­ning a pic­nic? Check-out “Pic­nic” by Emily McCully. You can also ask a li­brar­ian for crafts, recipes and ac­tiv­i­ties that can be done with your child based on the book they are read­ing. • Bring books with you wher­ever you go. Whether you are waiting for an ap­point­ment or stuck in a traf­fic jam, read­ing books is a great way to pass the time. • Don’t for­get to write. Writ­ing im­proves read­ing skills. En­cour­age your child to keep a jour­nal, com­pose a story or

write a poem. • Prac­tice math and science skills at the li­brary too! Check out topic-spe­cific books and sign your kids up for our science-themed pro­gram­ming through­out the sum­mer! Stop in at any branch to learn more about the full list of sum­mer events or to reg­is­ter for sum­mer read­ing, which be­gins June 1 for all ages. Sign up at any branch or on­line at www.ce­cil. ebranch.info.

Last Week’s Trivia Ques­tion: What is the 2016 sum­mer read­ing theme? An­swer: This year’s sum­mer read­ing theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!” Many li­brary events and classes this sum­mer will fo­cus on ac­tiv­i­ties, sports and move­ment.

This Week’s Trivia Ques­tion: What were the most checked-out chil­dren’s books last sum­mer?

Up­com­ing Event: At­tend a sum­mer read­ing kick-off event at your lo­cal branch next Satur­day, June 4. While there, reg­is­ter for the 2016 sum­mer read­ing and learn­ing pro­gram, and en­joy fun ac­tiv­i­ties and light re­fresh­ments. Check with your lo­cal branch for de­tails and spe­cial pro­gram ac­tiv­i­ties.

Or, visit the CCPL book­mo­bile at the Elkton Branch of APGFCU from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 4. In ad­di­tion to sign­ing up for sum­mer read­ing, if you open a new youth ac­count, APGFCU will match up to $50.

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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