are your kids participating in a summer

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are your kids participating in a summer
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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 9:26am
reading program through your local library ? my dd is and is enjoying every min. on tues and thurs the library has different entertainers in for the kids..story tellers, puppeters, magician etc and on wed mornings they have an art class w/different projects for different age groups. our reading program works by the number of books they read; for every forty books they get a free meal certificate to a local res. for chapter books, every 50 pgs count as a book.
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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 4:45pm
lois lowery is one of my fav. children authors. my dd just started 'number the stars' by her; it is a book about a jewish child during the holocaust. 'the giver' is also an excelent book, very touching. i hope you and your dd enjoy it and your reading group. i'd like to find something like that for my dd and i ~ irena
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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 4:34pm
DS is in this line too - he's never interested in the library activities (plus I work and most are during the day), and easily makes the number of minutes to the final goal (something weird like 1165 minutes in 15 minute increments). We did a moms/sons book club last summer but they only got around to 2 books. Since we really spend tons of time reading together, I consider that a good 'program'; we use the list of authors and titles the school recommends, take a good half dozen from there, read those and intersperse them with 'fun' ones. Right now we started 'No More Dead Dogs' and are laughing a lot...and it's even one of the recommended ones (can often be dry)! I think we'll try The Egypt Game too - sounds fun.

Sue

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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 1:15pm
I usually have the kids participate. For the first 300 pages that they read, they get a package of certificates for free food at fast food places, free trip to the zoo, some museums, etc. They also can go to a skating party and a swimming party. After that, for each 300 pages they get an entry into the drawings for the bigger prizes. I will have them at least do the first 300 pages to get the certificates and also so their school gets credit for them participating. (They have a competition between the local schools for percentage of the children participating.) After the first 300 pages, it doesn't matter to me if they continue with it since they both will read other books from home.

We haven't gone to the summer story hour in several years. I wasn't very impressed with the children's librarian here when my kids were smaller, so I haven't made the effort to go since then. Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure she has retired, so maybe we should give it a try again this year. I'm not sure Stephen would want to, but Briana, at age 9, probably would.

Janet

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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 1:06pm
Our program goes through age 12, and they lost interest in the main program where you earn prizes by reading a certain number of books by last year. I did pick up the flyer today, and will see if either want to participate. The opening entertainment sounds good, so I'll try to take them to that. Last year, I set up a reward system at home, mostly to encourage Rachel. What I do for one, I have to do for the other, of course.

They were never interested in the crafts and other activities, so we didn't do those.

There is one program that Rachel and I will try this year. It's a parent/child reading group, where parent and child both read the book and then get together with the group to discuss it. Rachel thought that sounded like fun. The first book is "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. I just requested a copy. I hope she likes it! As I've mentioned before, I need to encourage Rachel to read. Sam is an avid reader, so if he's not interested in any library programs, that OK with me.

It's great to take advantage of library programs!

Janet

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