Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Library Summer Reading Club Finale

As the Bernardsville Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, Dream Big, Read!, draws to an end, children are feverishly reading to meet their goals of 5, 10, 20, 50 books and entering them onto the online reading tracker.  The program's closing finale will be an ice cream party, sponsored by the Friends of the Bernardsville Library, on Monday, August 20 at 6:00 pm.

This year, 365 readers registered for the summer reading program–64 of them teens–and so far those 365 readers have read 3,556 books!  Throughout the summer, the Youth Services Department ran story times and craft programs related to the theme.  One week, there was even a portable planetarium set up in the library Community Room.

"People may wonder what the children are reading," said Youth Services Librarian Lia Carruthers.  "In addition to the schools’ required and suggested reading, our readers are reading Mo Willems (everything by him), Dan Gutman’s My Weird School series, the Flat Stanley books by Jeff Brown, the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary, the Alvin Ho books by Lenore Look, the Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo, the Fly Guy books by Tedd Arnold and much more.  Our teens are reading Jodi Picoult, Gaston Leroux, Kate Brian, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Peter Abrahams.  The list goes on and on."  Ms. Carruthers invited families to stop by Bernardsville Library, and the Youth Services staff will be happy to suggest a book appropriate to a child’s age, reading level and personal interests. 

Attendance at the ice cream party is free, but advance registration is required at www.bernardsvillelibrary.org.  Follow the link under Kid Stuff, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.

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