Once school is out, kids will be running around the house like a pack of puppies. Rather than going to the dogs this summer, Marin County Free Library encourages the whole family to get their tails wagging by participating in the Library’s Summer Reading Program “Paws to Read.”
The centerpiece of this year’s program is Reader Bingo. Different cards are available for adults, teens and children, designed to encourage reading, learning and exploring. Participants will discover what the library has to offer, and have fun while creating their own Summer Reading experience.
Kids can earn prizes including bookmarks, zookers and a t-shirt, while teens and adults will be entered into drawings for Giant’s tickets and gift cards. The Countywide grand raffle prize for teens is an iPad Mini. Adults will have raffle drawings for gift cards from local businesses.
Special events are scheduled at all branches during the summer. Teens can attend movie nights, create a light-up duct tape wallet, or learn the art of henna. Because henna has been so popular in the past, this year adults will have the opportunity to attend a special henna program. Adults can also participate in quilt-making, hear a storyteller, or attend a nature program. Crafts, puppet shows, sing-a-longs, and the ever-popular “Read to a Dog” are just some of the programs which will be offered for children. MCFL is dedicated to providing educational programming for young people during summer months, keeping children engaged in reading and connected to their communities while out of school. A complete list of programs is available at www.SummerReadingMarin.org.
Reading over the summer helps children maintain and increase their reading skills, and reading for fun broadens their horizons and develops new interests. Kids who participate in library summer reading programs are better prepared for the next school year: a White House study found that reading 5 books over the summer prevents learning loss.
In addition to Paws to Read, the Library will “Paws to Give” this summer. MCFL will donate 50 cents to the Marin Humane Society’s Pet Food Drive for each person that signs up to play Paws to Read Bingo (up to a total donation of $500). SHARE (Special Human-Animal Relationships) helps children improve literacy skills while offering them an opportunity to have fun reading to dogs.
The Summer Reading Program is funded entirely by the generosity of the Friends of the Marin County Free Library.
Marin County Free Library Branches include: Bolinas, Civic Center, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Inverness, Marin City, Novato, Point Reyes, South Novato, Stinson Beach and the Bookmobile.
Signups begin May 31, and run through August 2. To register or for more information, visit your local library or www.SummerReadingMarin.org .