On Your Mark and Get Set for the 2016 Summer Reading Program at the Tilden Public Library the week of June 13 – 17 from 10:30 – 12:noon, although some days may end earlier. The Summer Reading Program (SRP) is open to children ages 2 – 10ish. We ask that a parent or guardian accompany children 2 – 5. We ask that you please register your children by June 8th to ensure there are enough supplies on hand. You can bring in or mail your completed forms to the Tilden Public Library: 202 S. Center St / POB 457, Tilden, NE 68781.
Summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children, particularly those in urban areas and not needed for farm work, to read during their summer vacation, use the library and develop the habit of reading. Some libraries also now offer summer reading programs for adults, as well as children.
The themes for summer reading programs held at many public libraries nationwide may be set by the individual library or by the state library. Many individual or state libraries use the themes set by either the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), a grassroots consortium of states working together to provide summer reading program materials for children, or the Illinois Reading Enrichment and Development (iREAD) program, a coordinated, self-supporting effort to develop and provide resources and products to enable local library staff to promote reading, not just in Illinois, but also in a number of other states and over a dozen countries.
The benefits to readers in a summer reading program include:
- encouragement that reading become a lifelong habit
- reluctant readers can be drawn in by the activities
- reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up
- the program can generate interest in the library and books
And it being summer, the program can just be good fun and provide an opportunity for family time.
You can read more about the Summer Reading Program at the American Library Association website.