DeKALB – This summer, take the time to “Paws to Read” at the DeKalb Public Library, where animals will rule.
Through Aug. 10, children, teens, and adults will have a chance to meet the summer reading challenge. Along with raffling off prizes such as a Kindle Fire and gift cards to local restaurants, the library will be the site of programs for the whole family. Teens will have their own summer reading program for the first time.
Each week, the library has something for everyone. The first week features a blood drive for adults, a presentation by the Midwest Museum of Natural History about “Reptiles as Pets,” and a showing of Disney’s “The Jungle Book.” The second week involves a concert, two live animal shows and a sports memorabilia appraisal event.
Week three features the role-playing group Adventures at the Library and some gorilla crafts. Midway through the summer reading program, week four includes a teddy bear picnic, live raptors, and a new lapsit programs for babies.
Week five brings the Midwest Museum back for a “Claws versus Paws” program. There will be a popular princess party, and, as every summer reading program needs one, a magic show. The sixth weeks brings a variety show by Rob Erdmann and a community dog walk.
The second to last week includes another princess party, a workshop on “how to write good love scenes” for adults, and an animal story time sing-a-long. The final week is filled with the Silly Summer Fun activity by 4-C, the Grand Finale Party with Clifford the Big Red Dog and Pocket Circus.
There are many more programs this summer to encourage reading. Studies have shown retention of things learned during the school year fades as children are out for the summer. Something as simple as reading 10-15 minutes a day can help children retain reading skills that they worked so hard to learn during the school year. The library strives to make their summer reading program fun, challenging and interactive for the whole family by offering books in different formats, activities that engage and attract new and experienced readers and by being a safe and quiet place to meet.
Online summer reading logs are available for teens and children this year. Print out the logs, meet the summer reading goals, and turn in all logs at the library for incentives and prizes.
Sponsored by the Friends of the DeKalb Public Library, 4-C, the DuPage Children’s Museum, Applebee’s, Polka Dot Bakery, Kuipers Family Farm, Enchanted Castle, Epic Air, Kane County Cougars, Illinois Railway Museum, Rockford Ice Hogs, A Royal Remembrance, and Resource Bank.
For more information on the “summer reading gap,” programs or questions about the program, visit www.dkpl.org and click on the summer reading banner.