Chickasha Public Library Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading 2017 Build A Better World

Every year the Chickasha Public Library offers a free Summer Reading Program for children and teens. The library’s summer reading program is every Thursday in June and July. The Library will kick off the Summer Reading Program with the sign-up day on May 25th 9:30 to 7:00 at the library, 527 W Iowa Ave. This summer we will be having three different sessions, one at 10:00 am for ages six to twelve, one at 2:00 pm for ages six to twelve, and one at 4:00 pm for ages twelve to sixteen. If a child is twelve, they can choose which group, they want to attend the younger or older program. The 10:00 am, and 2:00 pm sessions will be the same program; the children will only be able to attend one of the sessions, but you can choose which one. We wanted to provide a time for everyone and hope that this additional time slot will allow for more attendance and help with busy summer schedules.

All summer youth will keep track of the minutes they spend reading and will be able to earn incentives, the incentives build as the youth’s Children looking at plants on a book case. minutes’ build. Children and teens do not have to attend the program to keep track of minutes; they can bring their reading log in at any point in June and July to be calculated.
The Summer Reading Program is different every week; the program will consist of myself or a special guest reading a book to the children, it is important for children to see adults reading. One of the goals of the program is to create a lifelong love of reading. We will also discuss what the children have been reading over the summer, and I will talk about other titles that they might enjoy. We will also have a craft and a game. Thanks to the City of Chickasha, (IMLS) Institute of Museum and Library Service, (ODL) Oklahoma Department of Libraries, and the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library we will also be able to bring in performers throughout the summer for the youth to enjoy.

The Summer Reading Program is more than just fun and games, attending a summer reading program has many benefits for youth;
• Prevents summer learning loss
• Improves youth reading skills
• Creates a positive attitude towards reading
• Students return to the classroom more confident

According to the article linked below studies have shown these benefits to be true. If your child has not participated in the Summer Reading Program before I encourage them to try it, reading has the power to “Build a Better World” which is the summer reading program theme for this year.
The Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Library Program, (IMLS) Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Oklahoman Newspapers in Education, Sonic-America’s Drive-In, Corp, (ODL) Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the City of Chickasha, and the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library.

by Youth Services Librarian Courtney Mayall