This summer, the Traverse Area District Library will celebrate summer reading by encouraging even the youngest patron to "Dream Big!" It’s never too early to start reading. New this year, TADL’s Woodmere Branch will offer a read aloud program for children who are not yet reading. Parents, older siblings, caregivers, and grandparents who read aloud to young children will help develop pre-reading skills and instill of love of reading. Research shows that children who are read aloud to for at least 15 minutes every day have a vocabulary almost double that of a child not acquainted with books. TADL’s Kingsley Branch started offering “Baby Boardwalk” last year for parents and/or caregivers to complete a simple activity sheet with their baby, newborn to 2 years old, to receive a new board book and TADL member, Fife Lake Public Library will also be offering a similar read aloud program for infants this summer.
The Read to Me program at Woodmere starts July 1 and continues through July 31. Those interested in participating in the Read to Me program are invited to stop in to youth services at TADL's Woodmere location to pick up a Read to Me activity card. For each day that the child is read to for 15 minutes or more, the star for that day should be colored in. Recognition will be awarded for 10, 15, and 20 stars and a special bookmark for 25 stars! Summer reading programs prepare children for continued success through the development of early language skills, youngsters can participate at the level most comfortable for them.
“We really focus on the joy of reading and then sharing what you have learned with those around you,” said Bernadette Groppuso, youth services manager for Traverse Area District Library. She added, “The summer reading program is a perfect tool to develop reading and literacy skills. The best way to become a good reader is to practice!”