Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Bernardsville Library Summer Reading Clubs Make a Splash

Make a splash @ your library this summer! Join in Bernardsville Library’s Summer Reading club activities which will begin on Monday, June 21 at 6:30 pm with popular magician Jim Vagias entertaining the whole family.

Take a Tromp through the Swamp and a Break by the Lake, a performance with a catchy title by widely acclaimed singer/guitarist Tom Sieling will mark the official beginning of the “summer season” on Saturday, June 26 at 3:00 pm. Mr. Sieling will accompany himself and the audience on guitar, banjo, harmonica and a drum machine; there will be singing parts for everyone in the family.

Make a splash @ your library is the summer reading club theme adopted by New Jersey and across the United States for children aged 2½ to Grade 6. Make waves @ your library will be geared toward teens in Grades 7 to 12. Water is the universal theme and will be the underlying subject of many of the activities. There will be weekly craft programs, drop-in story times, and incentives and prizes to encourage reading, and all of which will entertain and challenge children through the summer months.

There will be plenty of special events too, ranging from the appearance of a 59-foot inflatable whale (Starfish Enterprises, Monday, July 12 at 7:00 pm), open chess tournaments with Martin Sobin on Wednesdays (June 30 to July 21 at 7:00 pm), and “Water Works” with Mad Science (Friday, July 23 at 1:30 pm for ages 3-5), and “Shakespeare for Children" with Gemma Richardson (Fridays, July 9-30 at 11:00 am for Grades K-3).

The summer reading clubs are open to readers aged 2½ through high school. Sign-ups for all programs begin in the morning of Monday, June 28 when the library opens. They will run from Tuesday, July 6 through Friday, August 20. Younger participants will receive a special logbook in which to record reading minutes. Middle and high schoolers will be able to earn community services hours in a book buddy reading program as well as at pre-teen knitting nights. Registration is open all summer. Check the library website for more program details and to sign up for individual programs.

Importance of Reading
Studies show that reading as a leisure activity is a powerful tool to increase reading comprehension, speed and vocabulary. Significant learning losses can occur over the summer if children don't read. The idea behind the summer reading programs is to help students raise their reading skills during the vacation by encouraging them to participate in the library programs which help students maintain and improve reading skills while they have fun. For further information about summer activities, call the Library at 908-766-0118. Sign up for individual programs at; follow the link under Kid Stuff.

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