May 30th, 2016

Summer Reading

2016_SR_sticker_reminder_finalSummer Reading is almost here! The Cecil County Public Library 2016 Summer Reading and Learning Program begins June 1 with kick-off events Saturday, June 4. It’s a fun, free, and educational way to stay academically engaged all summer long, and encourages children, as well as teens and adults, to read and explore topics they are interested in. (Note, “Read to Me” where participants tracked the number of books, is now part of the Kids Summer Reading program and all logs are completed by tracking time spent reading.)

If you’re like me, you know that students who do not participate in reading or educational activities began to “slide” further and further behind their peers and that 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 4-5 books over the course of the summer may be powerful enough to prevent a decline in reading achievement skills.

Here are some quick tips to try this summer to keep the children and teens in your life reading, active and engaged all summer long:

-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:
www.cecil.ebranch.info/adults/summer-reading-programs/

What is your favorite summer read?


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April 11th, 2016

Why Read?

Read a book           Read an ebook!

It’s National Library Week, April 10-16! To celebrate, I challenged a friend and her family to read more. When asked why, I pulled together a quick list of the many benefits of reading for adults and children:

1. Exercise your mind by reading – your brain is a muscle and it needs exercise.

2. Discover new things; educate yourself; expose yourself to other people’s opinions and travel anywhere in this or another world.

3. Develop imagination and creativity by thinking about what you read and seeing perspectives and lives different from yours.

4. Improve spelling and verbal proficiency by reading higher level vocabulary used in different contexts.

5. Prevent Summer Learning Loss – continued reading over summer months helps prevent learning loss when students are out of school.

6. Research: interpretation of ideas can create collaboration and change.

7. Find and keep a well-paying job. Reading and writing are vital to effective communication, which is so critical in business and relationships.

8. Enjoy the arts and volunteer. A study by the National Education Association revealed people who read for pleasure are more likely to visit museums and attend concerts, they are three times more likely to volunteer and perform charity work than non-readers.

9. Read for your health. Reading for just six minutes slows down your heart rate and eases tension in your muscles according to a study by Mindlab International at the University of Sussex.

10. Socialize – “what are you reading” is a great conversation starter!

For reading recommendations and suggestions, visit the staff recommendations section or favorites lists of our website or join one of our book discussions. Not sure what to read next? fill out a Book Mate survey and we’ll give you personalized recommendations.

What’s your favorite thing to read?


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