The Scarsdale Public Library's (SPL) Summer Reading Game takes place annually and encourages children from infants through 6th grade to read or be read to during the summer months. This year, the reading program attracted 274 participants reading 8,820 books, averaging 32 books each.
The Children's Department of the SPL also organized over 40 programs during the summer months along with the Summer Reading Program. The programs reported an attendance of 1,369 participants. “We had a busy summer with a wide variety of programs for children of varying ages and interests,” said Karen Zielinski, head of Children’s Services, of the programing success.
Zielinski went on to say that some favorite series the children read were Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osbourne, The Babysitters Club Graphic Novels based on the original series by Ann M. Martin and now reintroduced by Raina Telgemeier, who writes the popular Smile and Sisters, and other graphic novels.
The library reported that the largest group of readers were first graders with pre-school children following close behind. The Summer Reading Game was developed based on research showing that reading during the summer vacation helps children maintain reading their reading levels prior to returning to school while non-readers tend to fall back from the reading levels they achieved at the end of the previous school year.
The SLP also gives out awards based on the number of books read or listended to as an additional incentive to the program. Children receive a prize each time they visit a library as well as they also receive a raffle ticket. Four tickets are drawn each week to award children visiting the library. Prizes included $5 gift cards from Steve Mandani, the owner/manager of Haagen Daz in Scarsdale.
“When the children come to the library, we like to have them discuss the books they have read with a librarian or have someone read a book to them,” Zielinski said. “The program has also become family event with older children reading to their younger siblings.”
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