How can I keep my family engaged and reading?
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.