September 25, 2021

Tails & Tales Summer Reading Challenge with Seekonk Library Ongoing through August 21

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It's summer and Seekonk Library's Summer Reading Challenge is on! Registration is now open for Tails & Tales, this year’s summer reading challenge. Sign-up then keep track of how much time is spent reading. There are no titles to record, or specific books to read. Kids can read any combination of books, magazines, graphic novels, Sunday comics, eBooks, or audio books. 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 30+ raffle prizes. Kids are also encouraged to read to help reach the community challenge of 250,000 minutes before August 21. Want to simplify? 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 principals, teachers, and educators to help combat summer learning loss.

What Parents Can Do Parents help maintain reading proficiency over the summer by signing their children up for the program starting June 1, encouraging their child to read, and by having them log their reading time regularly starting June 21. When parents sign children up, 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 learning loss all while having a great time.
It’s free to participate and registering for the program is easy by visiting www.seekonkpl.beanstack.org Please have your SAILS Library card available when registering. Don’t have a SAILS card? Contact us at childrens@seekonkpl.org  or call (508) 336-8230

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

Tails & Tales is sponsored by Seekonk Public Library, CSLP, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Get Flamingoed!
They’re back! Sign your child up for the “Tails & Tales” summer reading challenge and after logging 7 hours of time spent reading, your child will earn their very own lawn flamingo. Then the creativity begins! Each child will be asked to decorate their flamingo to look like an animal with a tail- think about zoo animals, jungle animals, even the family pet. 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. The flamingos begin landing on July 14 so get reading and let’s fill the town with flamingos!
Questions? childrens@seekonkpl.org 
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Kids Make & Learn
Tuesdays, July 6, 13 or 20 at 10 AM
Register for 1, 2 or all 3 programs. On July 6, kids will make Papier Mache Powder Horns. On July 13, The Printer’s Apprentice will be an exploration of printing with an activity. July 20 will feature A Stitch in Time Embroidery. Please note that the July 6 and July 20 programs will be held in the Meeting Room at Seekonk Library. The July 13 program (printing) will be held virtually via Zoom. Taught by Saria Sweeney from the Old colony History Museum. Details and registration information at www.seekonkpl.org’s calendar of events.

Summer Storytimes
Friday mornings at 10 AM June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Join Miss Sharon or Miss Sandie for a weekly Friday storytime held outdoors in Seekonk Meadows.
Weather dependent. No registration required, just drop by...and bring something to sit on.

Virtual Book Club: Wild Robot
Tuesdays, July 13, 20 & 27 at 6 PM
Join Ms Sandie for a weekly read aloud book club! Each week she will read aloud from the book selection, Wild Robot and a discussion will follow. Participants will be expected to do some independent reading in between book club meetings but much of it will be done together.
For children entering grades 3 - 5. Live virtual via Zoom

Introduction to Photography for Kids
Wednesday, July 14, 10AM-11:30AM
Cameras have been capturing images for over 100 years, beginning with paper and film and advancing to digital processors. In this class, students will learn the three ways cameras read light to create images. Using the light and beauty of the Seekonk Meadows, students entering grades 3-5 will create their own individual images while learning the basic functions of the camera, composition, color, and available light. Basic digital cameras are available for check out through the library, or students can bring their own camera. We are hosting our annual photography contest this summer, and submissions are due by the end of August. There is a kid's category and we encourage the participants of this program to submit their work into our (optional) photo contest! This photography program will be held in person, outdoors in Seekonk Meadows. Registration required. Weather permitting.

Yoga for Kids in the Meadows
Wednesday, July 21, 10AM
Grades 2-5
Join Ms Sandie in the Seekonk Meadows for a fun yoga class! We'll be focusing on animal poses in celebration of our Summer Reading Challenge theme "Tales and Tails".No experience required. If you have a yoga mat please bring it along with your water bottle. The library has limited yoga mats available for use, on a first come first served basis. Don't worry! The grass makes a great mat too! Registration is required, and this event is weather permitting.

Blueberries For Sal at Osamequiun Farm
Tuesday, July 27 at 10 AM
Join Miss Sharon for a special storytime at Osamequin Farm. First, Farmer Sarah will read "Blueberries for Sal." Then we'll spend some time actually picking blueberries. So bring something to sit on and we'll meet at the Farm. Best suited for ages 3+ but families with children of all ages are welcome to attend. The program will be held at Osamequin Farm, 80 Walnut St, Seekonk, MA. A "weather dependent" event. Registration required.

Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, Aug 14, 10 AM - 4 PM
Stop in for your free comic book. Assorted titles. While supplies last.

Kindergarten Here I Come!
Thursday August 19, 10 AM - 11 AM
Details at www.seekonkpl.org. Registration required.

Watermelon Storytime
Thursday, August 26 at 10 AM
Join us for a special storytime at Osamequin Farm. First, Farmer Sarah will read a watermelon story (or two!) Then we'll walk over to the watermelon patch to see how watermelons grow and try a great way of finding out if they're ripe! Best suited for ages 3+ but families with children of all ages are welcome to attend. Registration required. Remember to bring your library card so you can check out a book or two from a special outdoor display. The program will be held at Osamequin Farm, 80 Walnut St, Seekonk, MA. A "weather dependent" event.

Seekonk Public Library Services for Children and Families
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 books, magazines, graphic novels and eBook titles to choose from. Browse our catalog at www.seekonkpl.org and also our collections of ebooks, videos and audiobooks available through OverDrive, Hoopla and Tumblebooks. Links at www.seekonkpl.org. You will need your SAILS library card to place items on hold or check items 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' OverDrive app. www.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

Also, to search our main catalog of titles (not ebooks) visit www.seekonkpl.org.  Remember that Seekonk Library has resources that support summer leisure reading. Need assistance? Stop in or email the Youth Services Librarians at childrens@seekonkpl.org  or call (508) 336-8230 x56140

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