Thousands of children and teenagers across the area are discovering a passion for reading and learning this summer thanks to Clermont County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.
“The library has unlocked a passion in my child that is truly priceless and for that, I am so grateful,” said Union Township Branch Patron Tracey Herzner St. John. “My daughter honestly waits by the door for me to get home to see if it’s library day.”
St. John’s six-year-old daughter, Isabella, is an active participant in the library’s Summer Reading Program. She and her mom use the library’s online program to track all of Isabella’s reading activities throughout the summer.
“I’ve seen her confidence grow and she now will sit for hours and read to herself, rather than always asking me to read it for her,” St. John said. “She has always preferred math over reading until recently. It’s all thanks to our Clermont County Public Library!”
Isabella and other participants in the program earn prizes from the library as they reach certain goals. St. John said the prizes really add to the excitement for her daughter.
“When she found out she had a chance to win a messenger bag, she was all aboard the reading train,” she said. “I originally thought the chance for a Kindle Fire would be the motivator, but she’s really proud of her messenger bag. We now carry it everywhere we go filled with books. We look forward to all the many fun things she can get her hands on when we stop in to our local branch.”
St. John said she encourages families everywhere to get started and sign up today for the program. Her daughter has been spreading the word as well.
“She’s been telling other children about it when we go to the park so she’s already a walking advertisement,” she said. “If her excitement for reading can become contagious, we’re all for it!”
The free program is for ages 0-18 and is offered exclusively online. It ends July 20. Register here.
It’s summer time, the grandkids are out of school and have lots of free time! First thing, I do every summer, is to make sure that each of them has signed up for the library’s summer reading program. Then when they visit I make sure that I am prepared with a lot of good books.
Having six grandchildren between the ages of 10 years and 6 months of age, creates lots of reading opportunities at my house. I have a large bookshelf loaded with books for them, but I also bring home a few library books each week.
Recently, I bought my youngest granddaughter, Charlotte, a cute board book “Where is Baby’s Bellybutton” by Karen Katz. I also, checked out “Peek a Boo! (Baby Faces Board Book) by Robert Grobel Intrater, at the library.
Providing books, a baby can enjoy, even though they aren’t ready to read yet, is a very important part of early literacy. The best thing you can do to foster early literacy is to provide an environment that is fun, verbal, and stimulating! You don’t have to worry about “teaching your grandchild to read” simply focus on creating lots of opportunities to talk, play, sing, read and write!
For my beginner readers, the 4-7 year olds, are reading books by Robert Munsch, this age group really enjoys the humor in these stories. This week, we are reading Stephanie’s ponytail and Smelly Socks. On the bookshelf, I also have a very large collection of books, written by Mercer Mayer, which are wonderful beginning reader books.
For the, bored ten year old we are reading, The Lord of the Rings. I also checked out a couple of books that I think he will enjoy by Roald Dahl.
During the summer we swim, watch movies, play video games, but nothing is more enjoyable than snuggling up with them, on the couch and reading a fun book together.
So my recommendation, to grandparents everywhere, would be to take the time this summer to read a good book, with that adorable grandchild of yours. You will both have a wonderful time and make memories that will last a lifetime.