The 2015 Summer Library Reading Program began on Saturday, June 13 at the Milford Library, located at 11 NE Front Street in downtown Milford. The Summer 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.”
“Since kids are in school only part of the year they are at home during the summer and many of them do not do any school work or any homework and literacy rates drastically drop during the summer. They have to relearn almost everything when school starts back up,” said Marisa Mihalko, Assistant Librarian at the Milford Public Library. “The summer program helps to keep them reading and improve their reading skills until they are back at school.”
This year’s theme is Every Hero Has A Story, highlighting not only comic book superheroes but local heroes such as police officers and firefighters. At Saturday’s kickoff event, the Carlisle Fire Company showed children the outside and inside of their largest ladder truck as Milford Police Department and Airforce Police held a K-9 demonstration.
Part of the statewide Summer Library Reading Program, the Milford Public Library’s Performing Arts Series will host a special event titled “World Map Heroes” on Thursday, June 18 at 2pm. Lisa Corrado will take families on an exciting trip including songs, puppets and lots of interactive fun for children ages 3 to 10. 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.
Every Tuesday morning at 10:30am, the library invites children ages 3 to 5 to share stories, songs, friends and fun during Story Hour. On June 16 children will make something for dad in anticipation for Fathers’ Day. On June 23 children will learn how little frogs grow by reading From Tadpole To Frog and on June 30 children learn how a little caterpillars can learn to fly as they read From Caterpillar to Butterfly.
Children may register for the Summer Reading program during regular library hours between until July 31. Registrants will receive activity sheets, a program calendar, a bookmark and a reading log. Everyone who reads for 10 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.
“This program will help to improve [children’s] reading level for the next school year,” stated Mihalko. “ We are excited to see the kids here during the summer, it is a really fun program.”
More information on the summer programs at the Milford Public library are available by visiting http://www.milfordpubliclibrary.org or contacting the Children’s Library at 302-422-8996.