No school. Hot day. Stuck at home. Is this a recipe for boredom? It doesn’t have to be.
Some days seem to have more than 24 hours. If you are in charge of kids who are stir-crazy, time can feel stuck. As the sun beats down and thermostat nears 100 degrees Fahrenheit, I hope that you remember this blog. A slow smile will spread across your face as you remember the glorious fact that you have options.
Being able to read is just one part of being literate. That is why our summer reading cards give lots of options. Sure, there is reading. However, the card for ages 0-5 allots points for things like listening to Dial-a-Story (816.701.3456), singing a song, and playing with blocks. The school age card also includes listening to books, exercising, making the Olympic rings, and visiting a nature center, among other activities. Plus, both cards award a space for every library program  that kids attend.
Should skin color determine what you can do? That was definitely common thinking in early 1800s America. If somebody who wasn’t white wanted to be Hamlet or King Lear or Benedict, he was out of luck. That’s what everybody told Ira Aldridge when he let them know his dream of becoming a great Shakespearean actor. They said, “Ira you’re crazy!”
Talk. Sing. Read. Write. Play. These words aren’t just on the walls of our libraries because they look cool in bubble letters. The American Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read  initiative came up with these benchmarks based on feedback from previous research they had done. When caregivers talk, sing, read, write, and play with their little ones, they are preparing them to be future readers.