Monday, June 01, 2015

Sign up for Summer Reading Club!

Registration is now OPEN for the children's and teen summer reading programs!

Go here, and click on the program for which you want to register--children's, teens', or adults'. (You can also access this from the main page of our website, at Registering is a simple process, with a few blanks to fill in, and then you will have access to various activities for summer reading, including entering book reports (children), and book reviews (teens and adults). There are also links to the library calendar detailing the various activities happening throughout the summer for all three of our summer reading programs.

Why sign up (or sign up your child) for summer reading? Well, first the fun reasons:
  • Amazing entertainment for children, including magicians, comedy, and live animals;
  • Cool programs and activities for teens, including Book Cafe, writing workshops, sketch journaling, movies, and Makerspace;
  • The opportunity to win PRIZES (for children, teens, AND adults) by reading and writing book reports or book reviews!
  • Participating in social activities with your family and friends, and meeting new friends with whom you can share both new experiences and reading recommendations!
And then the practical reasons:
  • Children who don’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than proficient readers.
  • Reading just five books over the course of the summer can prevent "summer learning loss."
  • Summer reading loss is cumulative--by the end of 6th grade, children who consistently lose reading skills over the summer will be two years behind their classmates.
  • Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests. Self-selection, access to books, and sharing books are essential factors in reading motivation.
  • Free, voluntary reading is essential to helping students become better readers, writers, and spellers.
  • Reading empowers critical thinking skills.
We at Burbank Public Library put a lot of time, effort, and thought into our summer offerings, because we know you have many choices for how to spend your summer. We hope some of you will choose to spend it (or at least some of it) with us!

[If you are interested in learning more about the potential impacts of summer reading, please access the California Library Association's page and fact sheet here.]

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