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Summer Reading Clubs

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Summer 2014: "Fizz Boom Read!"

Registration for the Summer Reading Club begins on Monday, June 23 at 9:30 AM in the Children’s Room.  Non-residents can register beginning Monday, July 7 at 9:30 AM. 

Wednesday night at 7:00 PM is Family Night at the Library.  Programs are for children ages 2½-5 and their families. (See the Calendar of Events.)  Priority is given to Garden City Public Library cardholders. Non-residents will be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets will be distributed in the Children’s Room.

Science Kids! Read-to-Me Club

  • For children ages 2½-5 (not entering kindergarten in Fall 2014).
  • Registration from Monday, June 23 at 9:30 AM through Monday, August 4 at 9:00 PM.
  • Special Needs children are welcome with an adult.

Tuesday morning programs for children ages 2½-5 (not entering kindergarten in Fall 2014) and an adult. 

  • Registration is required on EventKeeper.
  • Priority is given to Garden City Public Library cardholders.
  • Non-residents will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

The Lab Rats Reading Club

  • For children entering Grades K-5 in Fall 2014.
  • Registration from Monday, June 23 at 9:30 AM through Tuesday, August 5 at 5:00 PM.
  • Special Needs children are welcome with an adult.

Tuesday afternoon programs for children Grades K-5 in Fall 2014.

  • Registration is required on EventKeeper.
  • Priority is given to Garden City Public Library cardholders.
  • Non-residents will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

The Children’s Room has been counting down the Top 20 Reasons why your child should join the Summer Reading Club.

  1. Reading sharpens minds.
  2. The program is open to all children regardless of their reading level.
  3. Reading as few as 4 to 5 books over the summer can keep elementary school students’ skills from slipping.
  4. It keeps minds stimulated over the summer.
  5. Summer Reading Clubs are fun for children who are reluctant readers.
  6. Summer Reading Clubs promote reading for enjoyment.
  7. Summer Reading Clubs encourage parents to read to their children.
  8. Summer Reading Clubs may be the only non-sport activity available to children.
  9. Toddlers respond to the sound of language.
  10. Toddlers and preschoolers get the opportunity to hear wonderful stories for the first time.
  11. When parents read, sing, and play rhyming games with their toddler, they stimulate language and vocabulary development and build important foundations for learning to read.
  12. The program offers toddlers an opportunity for group interaction.
  13. The program allows elementary age school children to experience different genres.
  14. The program offers recognition to readers.
  15. The program offers free incentives to read.
  16. Reading aloud to infants stimulates their brains to create new learning pathways and strengthens existing ones.
  17. Reading to preschoolers is the most important thing families can do to prepare them for reading.
  18. According to the NYSED, children participating in public library summer reading programs benefited academically from story hours, arts and crafts, and other special events designed to enhance the reading experience, when compared to children participating in other local recreational summer programs.
  19. Public library summer-reading programs are one solution to the “summer slide,” or summer learning loss. The NYSED reports that the public library contributes to the intellectual growth of children during the summer more than any other public institution, including schools.
  20. Studies show that what families do to support literacy in the home is more important to student success than family income or education.

Check for our flyers in the Children’s Room for more information about the Summer Reading Club.

 

Library Hours

Mon: 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Tues: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Weds: 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Thurs: 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Fri: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Sat: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Sun: Closed