What should your child read this summer?
Has your child cracked a book since school let out? Several studies have documented a “summer slide” in reading skills once kids go on summer vacation. And the loss compounds each year.
Research offers a surprisingly simple and affordable solution to the summer reading slide: Bring your youngsters to the library and let them choose their own books!
In a three-year study, researchers at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville found that simply giving children access to books – and allowing them to choose books that interested them – had a significant effect on the summer reading gap.
Children who chose their own reading books and those who were given activity and puzzle books were tracked for three years. Those who could select their own books posted significantly higher test scores than the children who received books from others. The effect was equivalent to a child attending three years of summer school. And the difference in scores was twice as high among the poorest children in the study.
Another of the notable findings of the study was that children improved their reading scores even though they typically weren’t selecting the curriculum books or classics that teachers normally assign for summer reading. That conclusion confirms other studies suggesting that children learn best when they are allowed to select their own books.
Bottom line: What should your children read this summer? Being them to the library and let them decide for themselves, because any books will do!
Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.
Backpacks available for free checkout
Thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we have two backpacks for free checkout that contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks, and more. The backpacks can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week. They cannot be placed on hold. Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out.
Free all-ages movie
Tomorrow (Friday, August 19) from 2-3:30 p.m., enjoy a PG fantasy movie with your family and friends. Our contract does not allow us to identify the film in the media but you can find the title on the activities calendars available at your library.
Teen advisory board
Today (Thursday, August 18) the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs you will enjoy.
DIY for adults
At this month’s DIY on Wednesday, August 24 at 1 p.m. we’ll make origami flowers, a perfect centerpiece that never dries out or needs to be watered.
Free tech sessions
Rachael Perry is available for Tech Tuesday sessions 10-noon. Drop in with your technology questions. Note no Tech Thursdays for the next several months because there will be sessions at the Community Center on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. We’d like to know what technology classes you would like to have taught in the next couple of months.
Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades. Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
Free preschool storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., pre-K and kindergartners and their families enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills. Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.
Free baby and toddler storytimes
Stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones on Saturdays. Note split sessions: Baby time from 9:05 to 9:25 for 0 to 12 months. Toddlers from 9:30 – 10 a.m. for 12-36 months. If you have multiple little ones, please come to whatever storytime is most convenient for you and your family.
“Doc Martin” is the complete first season. “Road to Perdition” stars Tim Hanks and Paul Newman. “Enchanted” is a Disney fairy tale. “How It’s Made: The Fun Stuff” is a 30-segment collection of how some of our favorite foods and playthings are made. “The Man Who Never Was” is the true story of a daring World War II espionage story. “The Big Burn” is a PBS documentary about a 1910 wildfire. “Argentina” is one of the Rudy Maxa’s World series. “Popular Mechanics for Kids” is the complete second season. “Louis L’Amour’s Crossfire Trail” stars Tom Selleck. “Crossed Swords” is an adventure starring several famous actors adapted from Mark Twain’s “The Prince and the Pauper.”
“Vinegar Girl” by Anne Tyler is a modern version of “The Taming of the Shrew.” “The Pursuit” by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg is a Kate O’Hare and Nicolas Fox thriller.
“Guilty Minds” by Joseph Finder is the third volume in the Nick Heller mystery series. “Shoot” by Loren D. Estleman is a Valentino mystery. “Someone Always Knows” by Marcia Muller is a Sharon McCone mystery. “Foreign Agent” by Brad Thor is a Scot Havath thriller. “Ralph Compton: Navarro” by Peter Brandvold, “Payback at Big Silver” by Ralph Cotton and “The First Mountain Man: Preacher’s Slaughter” by William W. and J.A. Johnston are westerns.
“The Games” by New York Times sportswriter David Goldblatt is a sports and social history of the modern Olympic Games. “Learn to Timber Frame” by Will Beemer is a beginner-friendly guide to timber framing. “Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need to Know” provide facts and insight into your favorite Marvel comic characters.
Mysteries and suspense
“The Muse” by Jessie Burton follows two women painters living 30 years apart. “A Time of Torment” by John Connolly is a Charlie Parker thriller.
An unusual book
“Multiple Choice” by Chilean author Alejandro Zambra, written in the form of a standardized test, invites the reader to respond to virtuoso language exercises and short narrative passages through multiple-choice questions that are thought-provoking, usually unanswerable, and often absurd. It offers a new kind of reading experience, one in which the reader participates directly in the creation of meaning, and the nature of storytelling itself is called into question. It was named the best book of the summer by The Wall Street Journal and several other U.S. and U.K. publications.
Free downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library. Access these e-books by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.
Free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed. Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website. Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.
Free programmed Nooks
We have nine Nooks and three tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Gabriel Cersonsky and several anonymous donors. For a generous donation, we are grateful to Nicki Weaver.
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.” — Mohammad Ali (1942-2016), American Olympic and professional boxer and activist.