Monday, June 14, 2010

Summer Reading Program

This morning, I took the kids to our local library (which we call "the little library") for the Summer Reading Program. They had some free drawing time (which we missed because we were late), then "experimented" in teams (not with siblings!) by shaping clay boats that could float on water. When they had boats that could float, they were given coins as a payload which required some modifications. They were provided with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich snack followed by free time running around the gym like the little crazy people they are. Finish with story time and the opportunity to check out an armful of books (I even made First Daughter put some back) and our day was just about complete.

Thinking, creating, experimenting, running, socializing. Free snacks. (There are prizes for reading, but in the end anyone who says they read gets to pick a prize before anyone who doesn't say they read. We might miss the end anyway, depending on when baby decides to be born.)

I find it hard to believe that anyone out there has a summer reading program that can compete with the one at our little library. Not bad for a town of about 200 and a library only open two days a week. It's such a wonderful opportunity to be a part of the community.

It's not that I want you all to be jealous; I'm just so pleased I can't help writing about it. Plus, I wanted you all to know I was actively compensating for my pregnancy-induced laziness sluggishness.

4 comments:

  1. Wow! You've got someone at that little library who knows what kids really need! That sure beats our experience with the local library story time, which consisted of a "make one just like this" craft and a librarian, who seemed like she'd rather be doing anything else but read to children, and who shooed everyone out of the room immediately after the story was over. (Although the saddest part was actually the caregivers who kept correcting their children when they deviated from the prescribed craft and seemed to think this quasi-preschool experience was somehow enriching...)

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  2. Oh, yes, Hilary, our "teacher" is fantastic. She's actually trained as a teacher (which I'm sure you know isn't always a good thing), but she is also an experienced mother with a large family that includes foster children with special needs. She does a wonderful job and I feel like I learn from watching her, too.

    Some of the other parents are more like the ones you described, but I tend to just sit back and let my kids do whatever they want and our instructor usually does as well. First Daughter has made some very unusual crafts in story hour during the regular school year and I think they're my favorites.

    Our "big library" also has a wonderful librarian for story times with singing and stomping and puppets, but the summer reading program there is basically just a list of books you read in exchange for things like pizza. I don't want First Son to think he should read only because he'll get some "cool" prize. (Though I think we will take him in to Borders for one of their free books. There's something less upsetting about getting more books for reading.)

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  3. This summer our library is giving out free books for the prizes! Last year the kids got some cheap plastic toys, so this is definitely a step up. Even the baby gets to participate! We'll be doing the Borders one as well. Is there a minimum age on that one?

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  4. I didn't see anything on the Borders page about a minimum age. I just figured we'd only fill out a form for First Son this year, and I'm only writing down his chapter books. Otherwise, he would have finished his ten books in one day!

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