Remember that feeling from your childhood of the beginning of summer? That feeling of anticipation the end of the school year holds or waking up that marvelous first morning of summer vacation full of expectation? What did you do with those summers of your childhood?
Mine included the fabulous summer reading program at my local library in Augusta, Kansas. Opening that library door to a rush of cool air, hearing the librarian welcome me and ask about my summer reading, meandering the tiny children's and then the even smaller teen section gave me great delight.
At the Kansas City Public Library, we want to create amazing summer experiences for the children and teens of KC. From June 1 - August 6, 2011, we're inviting all children and teens to participate in our Summer Reading Program. Though it's fun to rest and relax in the summertime, taking time out to read builds essential academic skills and prevents that so-called "summer slide." Plus, it contributes to a positive self-esteem, a true love of reading, and pleasure in visiting the Library.
Kids and Parents: Sign up for Children's Summer Reading online  or at any Library location, and keep track of your reading with a reading log to earn rewards. We'll be bringing you special programs all summer to celebrate the fun of reading, so be sure to grab our program guide .
Teens: Sign up for Teen Summer Reading  at any Library location, and earn 1 Library Buck for every book you read and review. Submit your book reviews as comments on the summer reading homepage , on the KC Library Teens Facebook page , on Twitter , text it to 816-876-6637, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also submit reviews on a summer reading book review form, available at all Library locations. Each review earns one entry into a drawing for a netbook laptop computer.
If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact Central Youth Services at 816-701-3441 or email me at CrystalFaris@kclibrary.org .
-- Crystal Faris, Teen Services Director