Delaware Libraries Launch 2017 Summer Reading Challenge
The state’s summer reading program is in its 38th year. There will be kick-off events Friday at 7 p.m. at the Dover Public Library, 10 a.m. Saturday at the Milton Public Library, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday Newark Free Library.
Delaware first lady Tracey Quillen Carney, who is participating, said making reading achievement a priority helps to build a foundation for future success.
“Research has shown that children who read over the summer perform better when they return to school in the fall and are able to retain and even improve upon reading skills learned during the past year,” she said.
Young “pre-readers” (children who cannot read yet) can get credit for books that are read to them. Throughout the summer, libraries provide a variety of fun and educational arts, cultural, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs to encourage reading and spark curiosity.
Registration for the Summer Challenge is free in-person at all public libraries or online at delawarelibraries.org/summerreading. Incentive prizes are awarded based on reading and activity milestones. Delaware libraries encourage Delawareans of all ages to track their reading and learning during the summer and throughout life. A variety of tips, tools, and techniques for tracking individual interests are available at guides.lib.de.us/unleashinnergenius.
The following programs for children will be presented at all public libraries throughout the state; visit http://guides.lib.de.us/summerchallenge2017 for the schedule of events and additional information:
- Hooked on Books with master comic Mark Lohr, in partnership with the Delaware Division of the Arts.
- The Build It Better Shop with musical storyteller Rick Waterhouse, in partnership with the Delaware Division of the Arts.
- Think it! Build it! Test it! learn about the engineering process with the Delaware Aerospace Education Foundation.
- The Delaware Nature Society will present a variety of nature-related programs.