(Lakewood, Colo. – May 1, 2014) Registration for Jefferson County Public Library’s (JCPL) Summer Reading Club is now underway. Kids, teens and adults can sign up online at jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading or at any JCPL location.
Summer Reading Club runs from June 1-July 31, and fosters literacy and learning over the summer months while children are not in school. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Education, reading loss is cumulative and children don’t “catch up” in the fall because their peers are moving ahead with their skills. With fun, interactive programs and activities supplementing the reading portion of the program, parents are able to take an active role in their child’s development.
As part of the program, the Library will offer a game card format for participants to record their progress. The game card offers a fun and easy way to log activities, while encouraging participants to explore the Library’s collection, services and resources. As participants complete game card activities, they become eligible to win prizes.
• Kids and teens that complete the first level of activities will receive a free book (compliments of the Jefferson County Library Foundation) and be entered to win a Kindle Fire (or a LeapPad tablet for those ages 0-5).
• Kids and teens who complete additional pieces of the game card can earn additional rewards and coupons, including free admission to Lakeside Amusement Park.
• Adults who complete their game card receive a coupon for free book from any of the Library Foundation used book sales, including used book sale areas in the libraries. They will also be entered to win a Kindle Fire.
“We’re so excited to have our community reading and learning together this summer. We’ve designed our program to make it fun and easy for everyone to participate,” said Donna Walker, JCPL’s director of public services. “Our Summer Reading Club is a way for kids, families, and neighbors to learn more about the world around them by engaging with books, programs, activities, and of course, each other.”
Children are invited to participate in “Fizz Boom Read!” In this year’s program, they will have the chance to explore space, delight in magic, make a wish, create chemical reactions and have a blast at pol-KABOOM. Reservations are required for these programs. The full schedule of events can be found at jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading.
Teens can “Spark a Reaction” this year, including sampling insect cuisine, creating optical illusions, discovering the wonders of the human skeleton, exploring the gross side of science and taking an inside look at 3D printing. Teens that complete their game cards will also have the chance to win a spot at a special after hours Games Night on Aug. 15. A full schedule can be found at jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading.
Adults are invited to “Light Up Your Brain With Lifelong Learning” by completing activities based on the healthy brain initiative. See jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading for additional information.
Summer Reading Club is sponsored by the Jefferson County Library Foundation and the Friends of Jefferson County Public Library. Kindle Fires and LeapPad tablet are generously supplied by the Foundation and Friends. Other program partners include Lakeside Amusement Park, Heritage Square, the Colorado Rapids, Bandimere Speedway, Westerra Credit Union, Noodles & Co., Beau Jo’s Pizza and the Rheinlander Bakery.
For a complete list of programs visit jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading or pick up a Summer Reading Club brochure at any Jefferson County Public Library.
About Jefferson County Library Foundation
Jefferson County Library Foundation supports Jefferson County Public Library through a partnership commitment to improving and enriching the lives of Jefferson County residents. The Foundation's funding priorities include enhancing the programs and services of JCPL that support childhood literacy, life-long learning, services to seniors and more. For more information, visit the Foundation's web site at jeffcolibraryfoundation.org.
About Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is the third largest public library in the state of Colorado. Our mission is to meet the changing needs of our communities by providing information and environments that promote personal growth and community transformation. A JCPL library card is the smartest card in your wallet, giving you access to an online library that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a network of 10 libraries, a Bookmobile, a Traveling Children’s Library and offsite computer and Internet classes provided throughout the County, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org.