May 23rd, 2016

Summer Reading for Teens

girl-869213_1280You may have heard the term “summer slide,” which sounds like a pleasant family fun activity, but it actually refers to the tendency for students who don’t actively engage in educational opportunities to lose the knowledge and learning they gained during the school year.

But don’t worry, one of the easiest ways to reverse “slide” it is simply by reading throughout the summer. Our Summer Reading Program is almost here, which means we’ll be spending the next several months promoting reading and giving out prizes to those who complete a Summer Reading log. And teens have their very own program! We define “teens” as any child entering 6th – 12th grade. So if your child falls within that range, they can sign up for the Summer Reading Program, read 6 hours, and become entered into win cool prizes. And the best part, they can complete as many logs as they want throughout the summer!

We also have thousands of items available digitally, from ebooks and digital magazines to e-audiobooks, movies and music. All you need is your library card, PIN and access to the internet. While students have reading assignments during the school year – the summer can be all about what’s most interesting to them. Sports, zombies, pop stars – if your teen is reading books, magazines or graphic novels, they are engaging their minds and beating summer slide.

Did you know listening to audiobooks is a valuable reading tool? 85% of learning comes from listening and 30% of people are auditory learners. Listening to books exposes students to pronunciation of English, dialects and non-English words, expands vocabulary and can be combined with a physical book to guide struggling readers through the story. Audiobook narrators are actors who create compelling voices to make the stories come alive, thus improving attention spans.

AudiobookSYNC is a free program, available to all teens for 15 weeks, with a total of 30 teen-friendly audiobooks to download and keep. Many of the titles have curricular connections; all have high recommendations from both professional reviewers and casual audiobook listeners. You can even sign up for text alerts: text SYNCYA to 25827

Research has shown that freedom of choice in reading materials is a clear indicator in summer reading success. If your teen is picking out what she wants to read and listen to, she’s more likely to finish the books and keep reading all summer long.

Not sure what to suggest to your teen to read? Here’s a list of award-winning titles for teens, as well as a website dedicated to developing boys’ love of reading.

And our summer reading program has plenty of events for teens to hang out with other teens and explore topics from science experiments and games, to upcycling and art projects.

Our summer reading program begins June 1 – to register, go to http://www.cecil.ebranch.info/teens/summer-reading/.


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May 2nd, 2016

Teen Film Fest

Awards ceremonyAre you looking for something fun to do this week? Are you sad that awards season is over? Then come to Cecil County’s own version of the Academy Awards! On Thursday, May 5th from 6:30-7:30 at the Elkton Central Library, Cecil County teens will showcase their original films created for CCPL’s 7th annual Teen Film Fest! These teens have spent months perfecting their films and are excited to share them with the community. Want to see some of the resources they used to create their films? Try this book list.

What is Film Fest? It is an annual filmmaking competition for local students ages 11-17. Each year, these aspiring filmmakers work with a designated theme to create a unique film. Each teen creates a storyboard for their piece, shoots their footage, and uses editing software to add music and other effects. Film styles vary and include live action and animation. This year’s theme is book trailers, so you will not only have the chance to view great films, but you will also learn about the teens favorite books in the process.

At the screening, you will have the chance to view these amazing films, meet the actors and directors, and see the selection of winners. Nerves will be on edge as we wait to see who will take home the prizes. Special thanks to our judges from Cecil College, Elkton Arts & Entertainment District, Boys & Girls Club, Cecil County Council and the Cecil Whig! The awards include First Prize, Second Prize, and Third Prize as well as an Editor’s Choice Award presented by the Cecil Whig. So come support our teens, get your clapping hands ready, and be prepared for a great night of films!


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