July 7, 2020

Seekonk Public Library Services for Children and Families

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Summer Reading Challenge with Seekonk Library
Imagine Your Story June 15 - August 8
It's summer which means Seekonk Library's Summer Reading Challenge is here! Sign your child up for the program then keep track of how much time is spent reading. There are no titles to record, or specific books to read. Simply log how much time is spent reading. Kids can read any combination of books, magazines, graphic novels, Sunday comics, eBooks, audio books or even the back of the cereal box! As we always say, read anything and everything because it all counts toward the challenge.

What’s the challenge? The personal challenge is to read 15 – 20 minutes a day. Children register for the program then log their reading time online to earn virtual badges, take part in interesting activities and earn raffle tickets for a chance to win one of 20 raffle prizes. Kids are also encouraged to read to help reach the community challenge of 200,000 minutes before August 8. No interested in badges and activities? Then simplify and just log the time spent reading. Either way is fine with us!

Why log reading time? The process of logging time encourages children to actively work toward the goal of 15 – 20 minutes per day. Children who log their time are more engaged in the program and can be more self-motivated to read. Children can log their reading time as often as they wish but they are not required to log their time every day. However, there are added incentives for 3 day, 7day and 30 day logging streaks.

Why Summer Reading? Summer reading loss often happens when children are not actively reading during the summer months. Studies have shown that children who don’t read over the summer can lose 1-3 months of reading proficiency. Also, 9 in 10 teachers spend at least 3 weeks reteaching skills at the beginning of the school year due to summer reading loss. Know that summer reading programs are endorsed by endorsed by principals, teachers, and educators to help combat summer learning loss.

What Parents Can Do Parents can to help maintain reading proficiency over the summer by signing their children up for the program, encouraging them to read, and by having their children log their reading time regularly. Parents sign children up and the library will engage and motivate them! Remember that the goal of 15 – 20 minutes per day increases fluency and expands children’s vocabulary, comprehension and knowledge.

What Seekonk Library will do
The library will engage kids with great incentives including virtual badges, interesting activities, raffle prizes and even lawn flamingos to keep interest high in reading and to engage children all summer long. Working together we can help combat summer reading loss all while having a great time.

It’s free to participate and registering for the program is easy. Sign up with your SAILS Library card at www.seekonkpl.org/kids. Don’t have a SAILS card? Contact us at childrens@seekonkpl.org  

Sign up, read, log time. Combat summer learning loss with Seekonk Library’s summer reading program for children!

Imagine Your Story is sponsored by Seekonk Public Library, CSLP, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Get Flamingoed!
How? It's simple! Sign your child up for the “Imagine Your Story” summer reading program. After logging 7 hours of time spent reading, your child will earn their very own lawn flamingo. Then the fun really begins! Each child will be asked to decorate their flamingo using their imagination and supplies around the house. Will they imagine their Flamingo as a different animal like a cat or a tiger? Or will they turn their flamingo into a unicorn or maybe a superhero with a cape? The sky’s the limit because they can decorate to their heart’s content. Once decorated, kids will place their flamingo on their front lawn for everyone to see. Let’s fill the town with flamingos!

If your child starts reading on June 15 and logs just 15 minutes a day, they’ll earn their flamingo by mid-July! Reading more? They’ll earn their flamingo sooner. Questions? childrens@seekonkpl.org 

Seekonk Public Library Services for Children and Families
Seekonk Library has resources that support summer leisure reading. Need assistance? Email the Youth Services Librarians at childrens@seekonkpl.org 

Books All Summer Long
Whether you’re looking for picture books, beginner readers, chapter books, or nonfiction books for your child, we have thousands of titles to choose from. Available in eBook, audiobook and video formats. Browse our online collections at seekonkpl.org and scroll to the bottom of the home page for the links to OverDrive, Hoopla and Tumblebooks. You will need your SAILS library card to check books out. Don’t have a card? Email us at childrens@seekonkpl.org 

OverDrive
Your child's source for e-Books and audio books for every device. Discover picture books, chapter books, graphic novels and more. Explore Libby, the 'user-friendly' www.OverDriveapp.seekonkpl.org. No monthly limit on checkouts.

Hoopla
Instantly borrow eBooks, audiobooks, comics, movies, music and more for your child, 24/7 with your library card. Monthly limit on checkouts.

TumbleBooks
Encourage reading with interactive, books and activities. Something for every age child! Featuring picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, National Geographic videos, games, puzzles & more. No app needed, nothing to download, no borrowing, just click and read. Visit www.seekonkpl.org  and scroll to bottom of homepage for link

July Sneak Peek
Great virtual programs for children and families! Check www.seekonkpl.org/kids for all the details.

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