While teachers all around the country are begging parents to take their kids to the library and get them to read over the summer to stop the “summer slide”, I would like to point out a key factor that may be the best motivator there is for getting parents and kids into the library on a nice summer day…
The library is a free activity you can take your children too and have somewhat of a breather. Plus AC. On those rare hot days, AC is key as we don’t own one. Our local libraries not only have books, but also toys, pets, movies and sometimes even snacks. All for a cost of a gallon of gas! The kids probably won’t even be bored with it until late August!
This summer, the Timberland libraries are hosting a multitude of events for all ages, starting now! Starting on June 12, the Montesano library is giving away (FREE!) copies of Cinder in preparation for a visit from the author on June 25th (Aberdeen). Suitable for grades 4-10, just ask for a copy when picking up a summer reading packet.
Starting on June 20th, kids under 14 can ride Grays Harbor Transit to the library for free, just by showing their library card! How cool is that? Library, plus an adventure! Seriously, my kids think riding the bus is an adventure.
All during the summer, the local branches will be drawing names of the summer reading participants for lots of different prizes. Day passes to the State Parks, pizza coupons, passes to the zoo and various other gift certificates to local businesses.
You can register all kids now at your local library branch.