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The countdown has begun! Summer Reading Games are right around the corner. Beginning on June 15th, you can sign up to win prizes, read lots, and enjoy fabulous programs at the library with a water theme. There's a game for all ages: Read to Me for preschoolers, Make a Splash for children entering 1st to 4th grade in the fall, plus Tween, Teen and Adult Summer Reading Games. Save the date for the end of summer party, a celebration on Sunday, August 29th with games, snacks and fun!
Make a Splash
"Dad's Golden Hour", an article by Clint Kelly in a recent enough issue of Motheringmagazine, is all about dads reading to their kids - how much fun it is and how it creates time away from the stresses of everyday life while creating a lasting connection. The article offers tips to dads and moms for making reading aloud to your kids even more fun. One of my favorite suggestions from the article is to try reading with your kids in a different, special space - underneath the kitchen table or even up a tree. The author also suggests reading stories at dinnertime, a nice way to combine two family strengthening routines in one busy day. I also like Kelly's suggestion to give kids parts in the story, a great way to read with, not just read to your children. Finally, a suggestion to make up your own stories to tell your kids is a good one. Kids are fascinated by their parents' real life stories from when they were children.
Read to Me!
Inky sent us a postcard all the way from Sydney, Australia. I'm not surprised it's Inky who does all the writing. Inky wrote: "Octy and I are having a wonderful time traveling all around and getting to know each other. Octy is a cheerful traveling companion. We'll see you back at the library soon! Your friend, Inky. PS Octy says beep boop!"
Maybe Octy and Inky will join us at our next evening Sing Along Storytime in May. I hope to see you there because we'll have songs, stories, fingerplays, rhymes, and a craft.
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