Monday, June 10, marked the opening day of registration for the 2013 Summer Reading Clubs at the Abington Community Library. Children aren’t the only ones to have fun with books, however. The library is also sponsoring “Groundbreaking Reads” for adult patrons and “Beneath the Surface” for teens. Adults and teens are required to register at the Circulation Desk and pick up a supply of “Quick Rate” slips for evaluating the books they read throughout the summer. They will become eligible for a number of prizes and incentives by taking part in the programs. Registration can be made at any time during regular library hours.
For children, the library is promoting “Dig Into Reading!” The library requires each child to register in person at the Children’s Desk together with a parent. A library staff person will enter the information into a computer. At the time of registration, handouts will be available regarding the goals of the program: to read at least five books during the 8-week program and to attend library special events and craft programs appropriate for various ages. A staff member will explain how to log books read online. The option is to have library staff keep online records on a library computer.
Children are encouraged to read a variety of books and the library is offering a few incentives to help them with selection. There are also contests to enter and individual “Bookworm Name Tags” on which children can accumulate stickers entitling them to “shop” for prizes at a special “store” set up at the conclusion of the program. Each child who successfully completes the requirements of the program will be awarded a Certificate together with several valuable coupons they can redeem at local stores. The program is recommended for pre-schoolers (with reading partners) through sixth graders.
Here are a few new non-fiction books for children chosen with the “Dig Into Reading!” theme in mind, although reading about the theme is not required.
“Figuring Out Fossils” – by Sally M. Walker. Unearth the past by studying the plants and animals that tell us more about it. Find out how they form and where to look for them, and learn a little about why earth scientists and paleontologists study them.
“Look Inside a Burrow” – by Richard Spilsbury. Around the world, many different animals, large and small, live in burrows. By means of photos and drawings, together with easy-to-understand text, this book studies these holes and tunnels dug by animals in the ground, from those that are shallow and just under the surface to those that are deep underground habitats.
“Stones and Bones: Archaeology in Action” – by Kathryn Steele. Start out by reading about “The Buried Past” and then follow professionals “Digging at the Site.” Move on to facts about “Tombs and Graves” and “Buried Bodies” plus a quick trip to some “Great Sites.” Illustrated with photos, charts and timelines.
“Pirates, Scoundrels, and Scallywags” – by Madeline Donaldson. Sail the high seas with some of the world’s most feared pirates. Learn how they looted and robbed to amass their treasures. Some of history’s worst villains, they often buried their stolen riches.