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“Read for the Win” at the Batavia Public Library this summer

Jun 03, 2016 12:24PM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Reading is for winners and this summer the Batavia Public Library is inviting people of all ages to become winners! There are no regulation time periods, no buzzers, no two-minute warnings. There are no overtimes and no scores.

There’s just that winning feeling as you finish the last page and close the book (or shut down the eReader)! And then there’s the excitement of selecting your next book.

Summer Reading Club (SRC) for children—babies through 8th grade—is an eight-week, independent reading incentive program. Participants earn small rewards as they reach the goals on their individual reading logs. Students read books and preschoolers listen to stories. And there is a special reading log for parents of babies, which includes activities that foster early literacy for parents to share with their babies.

“Summer reading helps prevent what educators refer to as ‘the summer slide,’” explained Joanne Zillman, Youth Services manager. “We consider summer reading a club. Like other clubs, there’s a common interest and fun activities for members to enjoy.”

This summer’s activities include popular programs from previous SRCs—babysitting workshops, “Paws for Tales,” “Book Buddies,” and “Curiosity Club.” Special programs this summer include “Creative Cartooning,” “Sideswipe Martial Arts,” and a “Family Feud Game Night.”

The SRC Kickoff takes place on Sat., June 4, from 11am to 12pm in the Reading Garden (weather permitting), where children and their parents can enjoy a variety of games and a scoop of ice cream. Also, children can bring their reading logs back to the Library to begin collecting rewards on this day.

Parents of babies, preschoolers, and students can register for SRC in the Youth Services department.

SRC is not just for children. High school students and adults can win this summer by reading or listening to books and turning in a reading log to the Reference Desk. Teens and adults will earn a small reward for turning in a log and be entered into a drawing for additional prizes—gift cards from area merchants and restaurants—at the conclusion of SRC.

High school students and adults can pick up a reading log at the Reference Desk and can begin returning reading logs June 4.

Summer Reading Club 2016 will see readers of all ages become winners—from start to finish.