Summer Reading School Visits 2016

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Summer Reading School Visits 2016

 

School is out and the Westwood Public Library Summer Reading Program is in full swing in the Children’s Room.  Every summer, children in Westwood sign-up for Summer Reading by the hundreds and read thousands of books.  One of the biggest reasons that kids get so excited about reading in the summer is because of the school visits that we in the children’s department do every June.

We start planning for summer reading months before June and have to read as many of the books on our suggested summer reading list ahead of time.  Then, we coordinate with the 5 elementary school librarians in town and set up our visits to the students during their library class.   For two solid weeks, we visit the schools and let the children know all about the Summer Reading theme, what programs will be offered and let them know about the incentives that they can earn simply by reading books!  We show them many of the books on the reading list and either read stories aloud or do book talks for the older grades.  We appreciate the school librarians giving us the chance to visit the schools and spread the word…they also know how important it is to keep reading in the summer!

I can say that the children visited were very excited as well as being very polite!  They are enthusiastic and loved having us come to their schools.  We know that we reached a lot of children because today (June 22) over 250 children have come in to the library to get their summer reading logs and start reading!  As the summer reading theme states, “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!”