I am a reader. Blogs, magazines, eReaders, books, newspapers… I almost always have something I am reading. The kids have FOUR bookshelves that house their books, and my collection has had to be trimmed to accommodate their hunger for books.
Every summer, our town’s public library has a summer reading program that lasts for 8 weeks. Liam was born four weeks into the program, so we waited until the following year for him to sign up. He got his first library card and I read an absurd amount of books about dump trucks that summer. 🙂 The following summer, Sylvi was two months old when the program began, so we brought her along, signed her up and she also is the proud owner of a library card. Last summer, I realized I needed to get a system or I was going to have incredibly stressful trips to the library!
We visit the library on Monday mornings, so on Thursdays, I sit down with each child and we decide what kind of books they are interested in. Liam requested books about “fast trains” and “sharks”. Sylvi asked for “Ladybug Girl” (this is a new phrase for her, so it took a few tries before I figured it out!) and I chose Lions for her animal since she’s been roaring from time to time and telling me she’s a lion. Two year olds are great, aren’t they?! I have a few books for myself and then rounded out our requests with a few books about summer.
Why did I request these books? I only have two hands and two very spunky children. And sometimes… I get a little carried away with all the books I want to take home from the library. Last year, I was choosing books, Sylvi was pulling them all off the shelves and Liam wandered off because he saw a motorcycle in the parking lot. A stranger brought him back inside and returned him to a librarian. I was mortified!!! So now, I request books so I am certain we have something to read and then when we go in, I don’t have to worry about picking out “enough” books because I already did… then the kids can pick what they want and when we check out, we’ve got about 20 or so to take home.
This year, each child will get to use their library cards to check out their selections, too! I can check the due dates of books through the online account (and even pay our fines now… ahem), request more or update info on the family. At the end of the program, each child gets to pick a free book and I usually buy them a book that was their favorite from the selections as well.
I keep up our book choices by choosing topics the kids are interested in or from suggestions I find on line. Many libraries this summer are using the “Dig into Reading” theme this summer and I found this Pinterest board with activity suggestions!
What about you? Do you read more in the Summer?