Summer Reading @ Your Library!

June 3, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Posted in General, Non-Wow | Leave a comment
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Summer Reading


Marked Readers –

 I’m going to make my first non-WoW post today and promote a something very important – reading. 

It’s safe to say that you know how to read – otherwise you wouldn’t be visiting my blog.  But whether or not you read for pleasure, for school, or just road signs (and blogs), I have no clue.  But it makes no matter – reading is incredibly important in your everyday life. 

Each summer, libraries across the country launch their summer reading programs.  Most are designed for kids – with the goal of keeping them visiting their library, associating it with fun times and programs, and to encourage them to keep reading while they’re not in school. 

Many libraries have summer reading programs designed for adults as well.  It usually runs concurrent with the children’s program.  They noticed that with all these kids coming in for their activities, parents were coming along with them, so why not have an adult program as well?

Libraries come up with cute, campy themes (ours this year is Read on the Wild Side and we’ve had Lights! Camera! Read!; Travel the Read; and Dive Into Books! in past years) and decorate the library as much as possible.  This is a great opportunity for library staff to strut their creative stuff in decorating, often on a very thin budget. 

Libraries also solicit prizes from local business for prizes of all sorts.  Again, using my library as an example, we have weekly prizes consisting of coupons to local restaurants, grand prizes of $100 gift cards and the like.  We also give away free small cones to the local DQ for folks who do our daily game. 

And you don’t even have to read all the time!  My library rewards folks for using our databases, attending our programs and this year, for throwing monkeys into a bucket. 

Y’see?  We do these programs for a variety of reasons – to give you and your family a fun, comfortable place to spend a few hot summer hours (we’re air conditioned, too!); to show you many of the different types of services we offer – we’re not just books anymore! 

As you can probably tell, I’m Librarian and libraries and reading are topics near and dear to me.  I get a kick out of the expression people get on their faces when they realize how much libraries have to offer these days – citizenship assistance, voter registration, resume and job hunting help in addition to concerts and lectures and DVDs and CDs and video games. 

So go visit your local library and take a look around.  If it’s been awhile, I’m sure you’ll be very pleasantly surprised at how much has changed.  And the Summer Reading Program they’re running?  Please take a few minutes to sign up – it reflects very well on the staff who put in such hard work.


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