Hot summer days are made for reading good books in the shade of a big tree. Reading is one of my favorite year-round activities and slower-paced summer months make it just a bit easier to fit in. And then there’s my kids. They look forward to our library’s summer reading program every year.
We homeschool, so our library feels like a second home for us. We visit at least every other week and bring home a haul of books and other materials each time. My point it, we read just for the fun of it, but when you add in the incentive of prizes? Well. Game on.
Why should you add participating in your library’s summer reading program to your summer bucket list? I have a few reasons:
Reading is important.
When it comes to academics, reading is pretty much the most important one there is. It is the basis for just about every other endeavor. I am a firm believer that if you can read, you can teach yourself anything. So you can see, I think cultivating a love for reading is pretty important.
So far only two of my four have taken to reading easily. And only one seems to really love reading as a hobby. Apparently, free books, cheap little toys, and chances at grand prizes are great motivators for the others.
Supporting your library is important.
Public libraries exist to serve their communities. They can’t do this without funding. And they can’t get funding if the people of the community don’t realize how important they are. Taking your children to the library is a great way to keep them connected with this fact.
Our family is blessed to have multiple computers and devices with which to access the internet, shelves full of books, and quiet places to use them. A lot of children are not as fortunate. One of the libraries I used to frequent was always full of neighborhood kids who had no where else to go after school. The computers and librarians kept these kids occupied and safe, literally off the streets.
This is one reason I am passionate about libraries.
Our library program allows kids to earn rewards two ways. They can either track books read or the hours that they read. This is GREAT for readers who struggle with reading. An example, if your child is reading chapter books at a slow pace, then the hours method would be great for them. They can read at their own pace without the pressure of “I have to read FOUR MORE books?!” hanging over them.
Most library programs offer small rewards in stages and then often have donated grand prizes. Earning these is fun for kids.
But don’t take my word for it, add it to your list and see for yourself!
About the Author: Vicki Arnold is the happily married, homeschooling mama of four blessings aged 2-11. She loves the library and blogs with a great team about all things library at The Library Adventure. She also blogs about homeschooling, faith, and gardening at Simply Vicki. If you can’t catch up with her there, she’s probably on Pinterest.