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Summer Event Calendar
It's almost here! Our 2013 Summer Reading Program will feature LOTS of great programs for kids of all ages. Want to know what's going on? A printable PDF version of our Summer Event Calendar is available here or by clicking on the image below. Online registrations for events typically begin about two weeks before each scheduled activity. Scroll down to learn more about our fun activities!
Summer Reading Kickoff!
We're happy to announce our Summer Reading Kickoff on Monday, June 24th. At 2:00 pm, Jason and the Jungle Gym Jam will perform fun songs. At 3:00 pm, we will have a variety of activities, including crafts, balloon animals by Lulu, and face painting. Children can sign up for our summer reading program that day, as well. This year's summer reading prizes include museum passes, sports tickets, posters, books, and more. Plus, we'll have weekly giveaways! To insure we have plenty of supplies on hand for our Summer Reading Kickoff, we ask that you please register here or by clicking on the flyer. We can't wait for summer!
No crafts, all stories! We'll have two storytime sessions outdoors (Tuesdays at Muriel Hepner and Fridays at Denbrook, both at 10:00 am) and one at the Denville Library ("Book Buddies" on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am). No registration is necessary, and these storytimes are open to residents of all neighboring communities.
Not sure where these parks are in relation to the library? Please click below for maps and directions:
Dig Into Reading: Garden Bingo and Ant Craft
The official summer reading theme this year is "Dig Into Reading." What better way to dig into reading than to come to our Garden Bingo and Ant Craft! Children ages 5 and up, please join us on Tuesday, June 25 at 10:30 am as we play garden bingo for some really cool prizes AND make our very own ant craft to take home. It's the perfect way to spend an early summer morning!
We want to make sure we have enough materials for everyone, so please register here or by clicking on the picture below. B-I-N-G-O!
Tween Craft: Bandanna Pillows or Purses
Can you take two ordinary bandannas and make a really cool pillow or purse? Yes, you can! Ages 11 and up, our first Tween Craft of the summer will be held on Thursday, June 27th at 3:00 pm. Come with your friends and make a cool bandanna craft that you will actually use! We want to make sure we have enough bandannas for everyone, so please register here or by clicking on the flyer below. See you soon!
Miss Rachael will be back on Tuesday, July 2 at 10:00 am for her third session of Yoga Storytime. The previous sessions were completely booked! We don't like to see you (or your children!) disappointed, so please register as soon as possible by clicking here or on the flyer below. Children ages 2 through 6 will hear stories and practice different yoga postures and stretches with Miss Rachael. Namaste!
Pajama Storytime & Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Ages 3 and up, please join us on Tuesday, July 2 at 7:00 pm for Pajama Storytime. Ms. Maryellen will read stories, we'll sing songs and do some silly activities, and we'll even make a craft that you can take home. If you'd like to bring a stuffed animal or toy to sleep over at the library after you leave, we would LOVE that! So that we have enough supplies on hand, please register here or directly below on the flyer. Nighttime storytimes are the best! We know you'll agree. See you soon!
Want to see pictures from the April Pajama Storytime & Stuffed Animal Sleepover? Please click here or on the photo below to see all the fun we had!
Read to a Dog!
Reading aloud boosts confidence -- especially for shy or reluctant readers -- and improves reading skills for all children, including pre-readers. Registered therapy dogs Clover and Janie return for Read to a Dog! on Saturday, July 6th, at 11:00 am.
Clover and Janie have had lots of practice listening to young readers, and they would both love to be the audience for your reader. Pre-readers are welcome, too, since caregivers can read a story while their children pet a very cute dog! Please register online here or by clicking on the image below. Clover and Janie look forward to hearing from you!
Why Is Summer Reading So Important?
If you don't use it, you lose it!
“Regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic level, or previous achievement, children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer.”
- Kim, Jimmy. “Summer Reading and the Ethnic Achievement Gap,” The Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (2004).
“… the best predictor of summer loss or summer gain is whether or not a child reads during the summer. And the best predictor of whether a child reads is whether or not he or she has access to books.”
- Allington, Richard L. and McGill-Franzen, Anne. “Bridging the Summer Reading Gap,” Scholastic Instructor (2003, May/June).
Want to learn more? Click here or on the image below to find out how reading avoids the "summer slide." One more reason to join our Summer Reading Program!
Need summer reading suggestions for your kids? Check out these great sites:
Have a Happy Summer!
Additional Children's Links
Maryellen Liddy, the Supervising Librarian of Youth Services, and Richard Bryce, the Children's Librarian, can both be reached at the Library's main number, 973-627-6555. Please contact us with questions or suggestions! We are also available via e-mail at Maryellen.Liddy@denvillelibrary.org and Richard.Bryce@denvillelibrary.org.
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