By Kendra Hennis
It’s officially summertime! That means it’s time to play outside; and do lots of swimming, camping, fishing, and reading! Did you know that summer reading is crucial to a child’s ability to not only retain information learned in the previous year, but also to grow their knowledge and critical thinking skills for the upcoming year? Tuscola Public Library Director Devin Black is helping encourage community members of all ages to keep reading this summer with the library’s Summer Reading Program.
The Summer Reading Program is a very flexible, self-directed program that allows children of all ages and adults to earn prizes for reading that is completed over the summer. Black explained that sign ups have already begun, but it is not too late to get involved! The program lasts for six weeks and already has a catch-up week built in, so the library can accept sign-ups that are eligible for grand prizes until July 9. To sign up, just visit the Tuscola Public Library at 112 E Sale Street in Tuscola and let them know you are there for the Summer Reading Program. He noted that it is free to sign up, you do not need a library card, and you do not have to be a Tuscola resident to participate.
There are three different logs for the different age groups–kids, teens and adults. Black explained that for the program, kids are encouraged to read for thirty minutes a day for five days; teens for 45 minutes five days a week; and adults have a variety of activities or five books to complete. Some of the adult activities include visiting a different library, going on a hike, or volunteering an hour of time at a non-profit. The only stipulation is that readers read around their age level. Logs may also be completed by adults who read to their little ones. Kids will recieve a prize for each week of reading that is completed, teens will recieve a gift card when their log is complete, and all will be entered into a grand-prize gift card drawing.
Along with the Summer Reading Program, the Tuscola Public Library has a multitude of events coming up over the summer for all to enjoy! Some of these events include science experiments, toddler dances, clubs for a variety of interests, and outdoor movie nights. The outdoor movie schedule is Encanto on June 17, Sing 2 on July 15, and Jungle Cruise on August 19. All movies will be held downtown at Festival Corner and all are welcome to join! The library will be setting up games for kids at 7 p.m. and the movies will begin at dusk.
Another upcoming event that Black is most excited about is the Teddy Bear Sleepover on June 20. For Teddy Bear Sleepover, you are invited to drop off your stuffed animals on Monday. On Friday, June 24, you are then invited to the library at 4 p.m. for snacks and the first viewing of all the fun the stuffed friends had at the library. Stuffed animals may be picked up anytime after June 21. Black commented that the Teddy Bear Sleepover is one of his favorite things to do at the library, as it is a lot of fun to do and is an easy thing for families to do and watch together. He added that he believes that the Tuscola Public Library has the number one Teddy Bear Sleepovers at libraries. This and past Teddy Bear Sleepovers can be viewed on the library’s Youtube page.
More information on the Tuscola Public Library and upcoming events can be found on their Facebook page and at www.tuscolalibrary.org.