School’s out and kids are flocking to their neighborhood Albany Public Libraries for the Summer Reading Program. The program encourages literacy by rewarding kids for reading from June 25 to August 14. Prizes and special activities are designed to further engage kids in the world of books and reading. Participants register, and record their reading, online at www.albanypubliclibrary.org.
“Students need to maintain their reading skills over the long summer break from school, and Albany Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is a fun way to help kids do that,” said Albany Public Library Executive Director Carol Nersinger. “The Summer Reading Program rewards kids for reading consistently during the summer. We also have more than 100 special events and great activities at our seven libraries during the summer to keep kids entertained in a fun and educational way.”
The biggest event in Albany Public Library’s Summer Reading Program this year is Summer Splash, a free outdoor family party at the Delaware Branch Library on Saturday, July 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. The branch will provide snacks, popcorn and snow cones, games and prizes, activities, water fun, bounce house, music, and more for kids and their families. The party is so big that the library is closing all branches—except for Delaware and the Main Library—that day. The Delaware Avenue neighborhood is also participating in the July 10 festivities: many Delaware Avenue businesses are hosting specials that day, and the neighborhood garage sale is taking place too.
The Summer Reading Program has something for kids of all ages:
Make a Splash @ Your Library for Kids in Grades K-5 and Make Waves @ Your Library for Teens in Grades 6-12—Kids get a chance to earn a prize for every week they read. They can post book reviews online, and visit their branch libraries for prizes, special activities, events, and parties.
Baby Bookworms for Babies and Toddlers—Parents read to their little ones for 15 minutes each day, and fill out a reading record. Each child gets a new book in July and August.
Adult Summer Reading Program—Grownups can get in on the summer reading act too. In the Read It & Rate It program, they can read any book, give it a rating, and earn a chance to win a prize in the weekly drawing.
The full Summer Reading Program guide details all the great activities for kids and teens, including crafts, magic shows, food programs, movie showings, and parties. The guide is available at all Albany Public Library locations and online at www.albanypubliclibrary.org/documents/srpguide.pdf. This year’s Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of Albany Public Library, Price Chopper, Stewart’s Shops, and The Stakeholders Foundation.