What are you reading this summer?

By on July 18, 2012

By: JANET SCOUTEN Record Express Correspondent, Staff Writer

Photo by Janet Scouten
Lititz Elementary third grader, Fiona Holland, age 7, reads to little brother Patrick, age 4.

It’s that time of year when the thrill of summer break can begin to wear a little thin for families of school-aged children. As kids with time on their hands complain, "I’m bored," their parents start gazing longingly at the calendar for the first day of school.

To help beat those mid-summer blahs, the Lititz Public Library reminds readers of all ages that it’s not too late to explore the "Dream Big — READ!" summer reading program. Open to children and teens of all ages, the program includes three reading levels: Read Aloud (birth through five years), Elementary (ages six through 12), and Teen (ages 13 through 18).

While numerous educational studies have shown that summer reading programs help prevent academic "summer slide," kids of all ages just view them as fun.

As seven-year-old Fiona Holland said, "I like the summer reading program because you get to pick lots of books and read all you want."

In addition to the simple enjoyment of exploring books, participants in the Lititz Public Library’s summer reading program can also win an impressive list of prizes from the program’s corporate sponsors:

? Free coupon for McDonald’s

? Free admission coupon to The Strasburg Railroad

? Free admission ticket to Maze Quest from Country Barn Farm Market & Greenhouses

? Free bowling pass from participating bowling centers of Lancaster County

? Free coupon for Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches

? Free admission pass to Lancaster Ice Rink

? Free coupon for Auntie Anne’s

? Free voucher/ticket to Lancaster Barnstormers

Beyond reading books, participants can also earn points towards prizes by attending summer library educational or entertainment events at the Lititz Public Library, such as the upcoming Bravura Brass family-fun interactive music program, "Dreams: A Musical Adventure," on July 19 at 7 p.m.. While the program is free, those wanting to attend must call the library at 626-2255 to pre-register.

"Libraries are not just books anymore," said Karen Payonk, youth services director for the Lititz Public Library. "We have many resources that can be used during the summer months to help prevent youth from sliding backwards and forgetting what they learned during the school year. The summer reading program is a great way for the entire family to enjoy an activity together-plus, it is free!"

The last day to pick up summer reading forms from the Lititz Public Library at 651 Kissel Hill Road is Aug. 4. The final day to return completed forms is Aug. 11.

For more information about the program, visit lititzlibrary.org. More SUMMER READING, page A6

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