Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Off the Shelf: May 28, 2013

If you have a young one around your house this summer, do not despair about how to keep them busy while helping them maintain their reading skills.  Any time after June 1st, log into SummerQuest on our website and sign them up for our Dig Into Reading Summer Reading program.  Then sit back and get ready for fun activities once school is out.  Children can log their reading all summer long (from June 17th to August 17th) and collect awards and prizes at various stages.  For instance, those from birth to those entering 2nd grade who have read – or had read to them -- 5 books, receive a summer-ready squirting fish and can go on to earn prizes for reading 5, 15 and 25 books.  Students going into grades 3 to 5 are eligible for rewards for 5, 10, and 15 books.  And every week, regardless of where they are in their reading, children can receive a handy free coupon of the week just for stopping by the library. Many schools offer their students extra credit if they participate in summer reading, and SummerQuest is the ideal way to make that happen.  All 10 locations participate in SummerQuest.
In conjunction with the SummerQuest summer reading program, the library is offering a wide array of programs to both entertain and enlighten.  Since the theme this year is “Dig Into Reading”, it will come as no surprise that Rocknoceros in Concert is coming, as are the Rainbow Puppets with their “Really Big Dinosaur Show”.  Fish the Magish, who is an amazing magician – and a funny guy – will present “I’m Diggin’ It”, featuring things found down in the ground.  And speaking of down, the ever-popular Australian music program presented by Didgeridoo Down Under will introduce everyone to what it is like to play music on instruments from Down Under.  And these are just the highlights.  As always, there will be the usual storytimes, craft programs and book-related movies going on all summer.  Can you dig it?  You bet you can!
Wild Reads is the teen version of SummerQuest, aimed at middle and high school students, and is also designed to help teens maintain their reading skills.  Participants in Wild Reads can log onto the Wild Reads site any time, beginning June 1st.  Logging their reading will qualify them for rewards at 3, 6 and 9 books, as well as an entry into the grand drawing at the end of the summer.   And when we say “grand”, we’re not kidding!  This year, there will be gift cards and even an e-reader in the grand prize drawing.  Teens also may post their reviews on the Wild Reads site to help other teens chose a good book. 
As always, teens will find fun programs at the libraries.  They can write a song at Bull Run Library, with the help of a local songwriter, or they can Hip Hop with Ayasha at Chinn Park.  Hands-on activities, from a Legos building contest to a “Bring Back Twinkies” party are also offered.  For fans of CSI, the Crime Scene Investigations Unit of the Prince William County Police will come to the library so teens can meet and hear about CSI techniques.  Now that is truly wild!
c) 2013 Prince William Public Library System
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