Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Meeting Goals and Celebrating Summer Reading

library staff help children at Oaks Park
Summer Reading is a Washington County Cooperative Library Services program that coaxes children and young adults to read while school is out, encouraging them to be lifelong readers.

2008 WCCLS Summer Readers who met their reading goals got their day in the sun... literally, at Oaks Park. The official celebration took place on Wednesday, August 13th.

Thanks to everyone who made the Oaks Park event a wonderful day: Oaks Park and their staff, library staff, and volunteers. More than 1,100 WCCLS coupons were turned in by 3pm.

Summer reading finishers received a coupon good for one deluxe ride bracelet with a $3.75 co-pay. The regular price is $14.25, and it's valid on all midway rides (though height restrictions still apply). The bracelet can be used from noon to dusk on the day of redemption (though readers must present coupon!)

The alternate date for the celebration is Thursday, August 21st, again at Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way in Portland. Parents and caregivers should be aware that the Sellwood Bridge will be closed to cars after 6:30pm for repairs. For an alternate route, check out the Oaks Park web site. Pedestrians and bicyclists will still be able to cross the bridge at that time.

This year, more than 18 thousand kids and almost 4 thousand teens signed up for Summer Reading, 3,000 more than last summer.

Research has shown that children who continue reading during the summer do better in school. Our Summer Reading programs are structured to encourage toddlers, children and teens to read throughout the summer. The programs foster a love of books and reading and are a lot of fun.

We all want our kids to grow into healthy, caring, responsible adults. Summer Reading programs provide benefits like constructive use of time, building and strengthening relationships with both peers and adults in their community, and developing a positive identity and value system. And those benefits aren’t even the best part! Kids have a chance to engage with pleasure reading and all types of literacy in a fun, self-motivated environment outside of the classroom. There’s no better way to become a lifelong learner than to discover that the library has something for your personal interests, not just class assignments!