Getting kids energized about reading in the summertime demands creativity. During the months when a cool, dark bedroom and the flickering screen of a PSP beckons sweetly, it’s hard enough getting kids to pick up a book, much less come to the Library. Here's how a few crafty children's librarians got kids enjoying activities centered on reading.
For an hour-and-a-half one day each week, even Club Penguin  was no match for our ingenious Children’s and Youth Services Librarians  at the Central Library. For the better part of June and July, librarians Clare Hollander, Nancy Stegeman and their team of volunteers had kids reading and talking about books during the dog days of the "summer slide ."
To help keep kids’ skills sharp, the Book Buddies Reading Club paired every young reader with an adult volunteer to provide encouragement and guidance.
“If kids have a compassionate listener who can spend 10 to 15 minutes a day reading with them, their reading skills improve dramatically,” Hollander says.