Summer Reading Program Begins At Library

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Screen-Shot-2012-03-28-at-1.01.20-PMThe 2013 Summer Library Reading Program begins on Monday, June 10 at the Milford Library, located at 11 NE Front Street in downtown Milford. The Dig Into Reading program is an individual reading incentive program, for children newborn to age 16, developed to encourage children to read and help students retain reading skills during the summer. The program also aims help children develop a “lifelong adventure with reading.”

“The Summer Library Reading Program was developed to keep children reading during the summer because teachers were reporting that their students reading levels had actually dropped over summer vacation,” commented Robin Lank, Children’s Services manager at the Milford Public Library. “Children who read throughout the summer retain, or even improve, their reading levels.”

Part of the statewide Summer Library Reading Program, the Milford Public Library’s Performing Arts Series will host a special event titled “Around the World with Music” on Friday, June 21 at 7pm. Simple Gifts, a nationally acclaimed musical duo, will present a diverse selection of folk music and songs from cultures around the world using some familiar and unique instruments. The instruments will be displayed and explained during the performance as children from the audience have the opportunity to join Simple Gifts on stage to play the limberjacks and Cajun spoons. Simple Gifts is known for its warm, personal and humorous stage presence. This program will be open to the public at no charge.

The Performing Arts Series is an integral part of Summer Library Reading Program. The performances create special events that draw members of the community into the library and facilitate registration for the Summer Library Reading Program. Since 1995, with the support of the Delaware Division of Libraries and the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Performing Arts Series has introduced children throughout Delaware to art, music, continued opera, dance, theater, and storytelling at their local public libraries. The literature or theme-based material of the performance promotes the goal of the reading program, which is to encourage literacy in children and introduce children to a multidisciplinary approach to literature, art, and culture.

Children may register for the Summer Reading program during regular library hours between June 10 and July 30. Registrants will receive activity sheets, a program calendar, a bookmark and a reading log. Everyone who reads for ten hours will receive a certificate signed by Governor Markell, a complimentary book from the Delaware Division of Libraries, and a special gift from the Milford Public Library. Reading incentive prizes will be awarded throughout the summer as readers bring their book logs to the library and pick out a prize.

During the summer, the Milford Public Library also hosts Story Hour, ages 3-5, every Tuesday at 10:30a.m. & 4p.m. Toddle on over to Toddler Time, ages 1 & 2, will be held every Thursday at 10:30a.m. For more information on the summer programs available at the Milford Public library visit http://www.milfordpubliclibrary.org or contact Robin Lank in the Children’s Library at 302-422-8996.