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Summer Reading Club Success

Summer Reading Club

This summer the Helen Crocker Russell Library launched its very first Summer Reading Club, and nearly fifty children signed up to read books about pollinators, decomposers, fruits and vegetables, and other nature-related themes. Over the course of eight weeks in June and July young readers visited the Library to pick up their weekly reading list and activity booklets, and to share with librarians what books they had read.

Although many public libraries launch their own summer reading programs each year to get children reading during the "summer slide" months, the Helen Crocker Russell Library's unique program not only encouraged reading, but also presented children with weekly Garden walking maps to get them outside to explore nature in the Garden. Thanks to the help and creativity of the Library and Youth Education Department, Summer Reading Club members were able to earn seeds and plant them in the Children's Garden for each book read over the course of the program.

This free program was open to all children of reading age, and encouraged parents to sign up to read to children too young to read. The reaction to the program has been overwhelmingly positive, and parents appreciated its focused nature, as well as the way it tied into the Garden and its other youth-oriented summer programs and activities. We hope this year's Summer Reading Club will be a tradition in summers to come!

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