Robbins and Fox libraries will be celebrating summer reading with special programs for kids, teens and adults all summer long.
Summer reading programs for children are a library mainstay. Pam Watts-Flavin, head of children’s services at the Robbins Library, notes, “Research shows that summer reading is important to continue growth in reading from year to year.”
For Watts-Flavin, keeping summer reading fun is equally important: “For us, the summer reading program is also all about fabulous fun.”
Summer reading at the library is designed to be a noncompetitive program that encourages kids of all ages, plus their families, to read for fun throughout the summer months.
For kids, summer reading kicks off on June 15 at 10 a.m. with “A Universe of Stories!” Children aged 0-14 are invited to sign up for summer reading, pick up a free book, play games, blow bubbles, eat a popsicle, have their face painted and more in the Robbins Library Community Room.
Kids who sign up for summer reading at either the Robbins or Fox library choose a free book to keep. Kids then track reading hours with a bookmark chart. Readers return completed charts to the libraries, are invited to put shapes on the walls, and vote for the libraries’ end-of-summer movie. Special summer programs for kids are listed on the libraries website and the Round Robbins newsletter, available at both library locations.
Summer reading programs for teens and adults give everyone in the community a chance to join in on the fun. Teens and adults who sign up for library summer reading can pick up a summer reading bingo card starting on June 15. For each bingo square completed, teens and adults receive raffle tickets to enter in one of our great summer reading raffles.
“Summer reading is a great way to bring back the joy of reading to teenagers who may have felt more stifled in their reading selections during the school year. Not only do they get to read whatever; they get to be rewarded for it too,” said Katy Kania, head of teen services.
Bingo cards for teens are filled with fun challenges like “Download the Libby app” for access to e-books and downloadable audiobooks from the library and “Reduce light pollution, turn off ALL electronics for one night.”
Head of adult services Linda Dyndiuk says of the Adult Bingo cards: “We tried to include a variety of activities that people can do to earn raffle tickets, ones that will push them outside their comfort zone and hopefully introduce them to library collections and programs they didn’t know about. Having a summer reading program for adults as well as teens and kids means that the whole family can take part, and learn and grow together.”
Adults will see challenges that range from “Read About Women’s Contributions to Space Exploration,” to less library focused topics like “Train like an astronaut and do 20 mins of exercise 3x in 1 week.”
Adult raffle prizes include items like Museum of Science planetarium tickets, a telescope, space-themed books, a Lush gift basket and gift card for a massage, and more. Teen prizes range from room decor with an alien head lava lamp to a drawing tablet or brand new stack of graphic novels.
The libraries are offering something for everyone to make summer reading fun for all in Arlington. In the words of Hermione Granger, “When in doubt, go to the library!”