As frequent attendees of the public library, the events for children and teens are outstanding. Over the course of ten years, my four children and I have attended numerous learning activities. These planned programs have not only benefited my children, but also my family. Such happenings my family has participated in include the following: Discovery Time, with stories, music, and learning activities geared to help children get ready to read (just like preschool); Family Fun Night, with family reading fun with special theme activities; Youth Chess Club in which players aged 4 to 18 learn and play the ultimate intellectual game where all skill levels are welcome; Story Fiesta/Fiesta de Cuentos stories, snacks, games, and crafts are presented in Spanish and English for the whole family; Children's Summer Reading program, which includes reading log to track time read, book suggestions, twice-a-month activities, and prizes; America Reads which is a one-on-one 8-week tutoring program for elementary through 6th grade to maintain or increase reading level and prevent 'summer slide'; Ultimate Read-a-thon literacy program in which children read with therapy dogs.
Although there are many additional programs we have not participated in (including free computer classes, free after-school programs, Movie Madness, Family Gaming Day, Wii Sports Tournament, and more), we are truly grateful for the constant reminder to read and that reading is fun! The public library is integrated in our physical lives--where a whole new adventure awaits if we just read.
Janel L. Bartlett