Dream Big: READ! @ your library this summer!
by Tonia Burton
The librarians in the Monroe County Library System is counting down the days until school is out. Why? It’s the most wonderful time of the year for children’s and young adult librarians! We have been busy planning great programs...like Tops Cooking schools, The Mobile Dome Planetarium, or the Omnipresent Puppet Theatre.
For a listing of our programs visit www.libraryweb.org.
More than just great summer programming at the library!
Of course,there is more to summer than just our programs! Monroe County Libraries are famous for our great FREE books! We have funny books, mystery books, scary books, books about how to juggle or garden, books about cooking. You name it--and one of the 33 public libraries in Monroe County will have it!
Helping kids read more in the summer
Have kids who don’t love reading? It’s not just our job to find every child a book to enjoy, it’s our passion! Because most school libraries are not open in the summer, your local library is prepared to assist you and your children in finding great books to read.
We also have some great incentives to get kids to read even more! This year, children who register at their local library may be entered to family four packs of tickets to: Genesee Country Village, Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester Museum & Science Center; free book and more.
Tips for parents
We know that’s not always easy getting your children to read. Here are some things that may help:
1. Let your child pick out the book. It sounds simple, but it’s true. Nobody wants to be told what to read.
2. Read with your children. Read at the same time, if possible or read a book together. Talk about what you are each reading.
3. Seek the help of a children’s librarian for book suggestions.
Central Library Children’s Center
115 South Avenue, Rochester, 585-428-8150
‘Dream Big’ Read!: June 25 -August 6
Magic, Madness, and Mayhem: Comedy and Magic with Sky Sands: Thursday, July 12, 2:30 – 3:30pm
Traveling Campfire: Tuesday July 17, 10:00-11:00am
Omnipresent Puppet Theater presents… Sleeping Beauty
The Sky Tonight: the Mobile Dome Planetarium: Tuesday, July 31, 10:00-11:00am
Beach Party with Tops Cooking School: Tuesday, August 7, 2:30 – 3:30pm
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies: Different Movie each week!
July 11: Scooby Doo – Music of the Vampire
End of Summer Reading Party: Thursday, August 16, 5:30–7:00pm
Arnett Branch Library
310 Arnett Boulevard, Rochester, 585-428-8214
Drawing with Chris Pallace: Wednesday, June 27, 4:00-5:00pm
Traveling Campfire: Wednesday, July 11, 4:00-5:00pm
Dream on Puppet Show: Wednesday, July 25, 4:00-5:00pm
Storybook Cooking: Wednesday, August 1, 4:00-5:00pm
Scrap Art: Wednesday, August 8, 4:00-5:00pm
Summer Reading Wrap up Party: Friday, August 17, 3:00-4:30pm
(More info to come for the other libraries!)
Tonia Burton is the Children’s Services Consultant for the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County.