It’s showtime this summer at the Livermore Public Library!
Summer reading is for everyone at the Livermore Public Library. Prizes will be awarded with the goal of reading, learning something new, and having fun! Participants may start playing on June 1st. All programs run through August 14th. The Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Program has four reading programs, all free of charge:
Younger pre-readers, including babies, can play their own special game board. Parents and children read together to earn a tub of Play-Doh and a free mini pizza from Papa Murphy’s along the way. Those who complete their boards will earn a free book and a special reading ribbon award. Research has shown that reading to a child for as little as fifteen minutes every day has a huge impact on their early brain development! And, according to the American Library Association, reading together develops vocabulary and comprehension, nurtures a love for reading, and motivates children to learn to read.
Independent readers in grades K - 6 will register online then complete a paper game board as they read, earning prizes along the way. Prizes may include ice cream vouchers, science kits, swimming passes, and more. Independent readers who reach the final reading goal will also receive a medal and get to choose a free book. Those who set their reading goal to at least 30 minutes per space on their board will also receive an invitation to meet the Mayor and City Council at a special City Council Awards Night in September.
Teens entering 6th through 12th grades are invited to join in the summer reading fun as well. Teens may earn prizes for completing as few as five of the suggested reading activities. Each participant who completes the first level of the game is guaranteed a prize! Teens completing ten challenges will be entered into a drawing for a book of their choice ($15 value). If the teen completes all fifteen challenges, they will be entered into a raffle for a four-pack of tickets to a local escape room. Starting June 1, teens may register online and enter online the books they read through August 14.
Adults benefit from summer reading too. Research shows that reading and mental engagement are an integral part of maintaining a long and healthy life. Adults aged 18 and older are invited to participate in a fun-filled Adult Summer Reading Program. Patrons may pick up a playbill-inspired game board at any Livermore Public Library location starting on June 1, 2019. The playbill consists of six “scenes.” Participants will complete one option from each scene, such as reading a book, attending a Livermore Public Library program, or completing one of several activities listed at the back of the playbill. Participants who complete three scenes may present their playbill to a library staff member to collect a prize. Those who complete all six scenes by August 14th will be entered into a drawing to win more great prizes, including movie tickets and gift certificates to local restaurants and merchants.
Complementing the Summer Reading Programs will be a host of activities and entertainment for all ages, including performers, special events, crafts, and much more. All events are free; however, some may require registration to participate. Summer Reading Programs are supported by the Friends of the Livermore Library. Additional sponsors include Abode Services, Center Stage East Bay, East Bay Regional Parks, Eight Bridges Brewing Co., Foster’s Freeze, LARPD, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore Science and Society Center, Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza, and the San Francisco Giants.
The Livermore Public Library is committed to supporting youth summer learning through the Summer Reading Program. A study by Dominican University found that “children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to two months of learning by the time they return to school in the fall. Children who participate in Summer Reading programs and read a minimum of six books over the summer score higher in reading and math when they return to school.”