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Jul
3

Springfield City Library Summer Reading Program

Posted by: Sally C Fuller
Jean Canosa Albano, Manager of Public Services & the Mason Square Branch Library Springfield City Library, kicks off the summer program along with a group of super-readers from the Milton Bradley School.
Jean Canosa Albano, Manager of Public Services & the Mason Square Branch Library Springfield City Library, kicks off the summer program along with a group of super-readers from the Milton Bradley School.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Springfield School Superintendent Daniel J. Warwick love to read, and as honorary Co-Chairmen of Springfield City Library's Summer Reading Club, they challenge all city children (teens too!) to read this summer, for the fun of it!

Winning great prizes like tickets to the Big E or the Boston Bruins, and enjoying the Rollerskating Party at Interskate 91 provide extra incentive! Finally, this year Summer Reading Club will end with a blast - a Summer Celebration Party at one of Springfield's treasures, the outstandingly beautiful Forest Park and Zoo in Forest Park.

The fact is children who read every day during summer vacation won't lose two months of learning; and in fact, they will maintain or even gain new skills! Springfield City Library's Summer Reading Club, June 22 - August 29, is an independent reading program with incentives and free activities to help kids keep reading over the summer. The City Library has set an ambitious goal of 4000 members of the Summer Reading Club.

Children in kindergarten through 5th grade keep track of their reading on special sheets and when completed pick out their prizes - new books. Babies, toddlers, and pre-readers earn prizes when read to by a caring adult. Our Teen Summer Reading Club is made up of different bingo cards and 11-18 year olds win prizes by reading books, comics and magazines, exploring subjects online, and attending library programs. Adult Summer Reading Club involves playing Library Bingo with quite a variety of ways to win. Gift cards to local shops and restaurants will be raffled off, and the Finale party will include a game of Library Jeopardy. Check it out and set an example for the children in your life. Let's make the City of Homes a city of readers!

Menzuo; Solar Warrior author Keshawn Dodds and Springfield Public Schools Superintendent hold the Summer Reading Program trophy.
Menzuo; Solar Warrior author Keshawn Dodds and Springfield Public Schools Superintendent hold the Summer Reading Program trophy.

The benefits of being involved in a summer reading program, as stated by the American Library Association, include:

  • Encouragement that reading become a lifelong habit. By joining Summer Reading Club every year, reading becomes part of your summer routine.
  • Reluctant readers can be drawn in by the extensive enrichment activities offered, which so often there is no time for during school days.
  • Reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up, plus they read more when they can choose books based on their own interests!
  • Summer Reading Club is great fun for all ages, providing opportunities for family time.

This year's theme, Every Hero Has a Story, provides an opportunity to shine the light on local heroes such as firefighters, veterans and active military, police and even police dogs. We'll invite children to look at the people in their lives and discover their own personal heroes! Springfield own creator of the Super Hero Menzuo, Keshawn Dodds, appeared to help kick off the Library's Summer Reading Program. He is the author of the Menzuo: Solar Warrior series, now available on amazon.com.

Stop in to any branch of Springfield City Library for details and program booklets.

The Summer Reading Club is sponsored by the Friends of the Springfield Library, Inc., the Boston Bruins, the Massachusetts Library System, the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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