ENJOY SUMMER READING WITH THE LIVERMORE PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Livermore Public Library invites the community to participate in Summer Reading! The Library’s 2020 Summer Reading Program has four different program levels, all free of charge. The Library has adjusted the reading games so that everyone can participate safely while continuing to follow any COVID-19 restrictions. Starting June 1, pre-readers, independent readers, teens, and adults may begin the Summer Reading Game. Game boards will be available online for the pre-readers, independent readers, teen and adult programs but residents may also call to request that a paper board be mailed to them if printing at home is not an option. Patrons can read books already owned or check out e-materials from the library’s website while library buildings continue to be closed, and if they are not able to visit the library in person. Prizes will be awarded in all programs, with the goal of reading, learning something new, and having fun! All programs run through August 12th.
“Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover” is the theme of the 2020 Summer Reading Program. The Livermore Public Library is committed to supporting youth summer learning through the Summer Reading Program. According to the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report, The Summer Reading Imperative, “…the ‘summer slide’, the loss of academic skills that occurs when school is not in session and which is attributed largely to the lack of reading,” can contribute to large achievement gaps. This is particularly important to consider as the number of kids who reported that they did not read any books over the summer increased between the years 2016 to 2018. “Summer reading provides benefits that extend well past the summer months.”
Independent readers in grades K - 6 will complete a game board as they read, earning prizes along the way. Prizes may include ice cream vouchers, science kits, and more. Independent readers who reach the final reading goal will also receive a medal and get to choose a free book. Students are encouraged to try and challenge themselves! A reading goal of at least 30 minutes per space on the gameboard is a good stretch, if possible.
Younger pre-readers, including babies, can play their own special game board. Parents and children read together to earn different prizes along the way. Those who complete their boards will earn a free book and a special reading ribbon award. Research has shown that reading aloud 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.
Teens entering 6th through 12th grades can also join in the summer reading fun. Teens may earn prizes for reading whatever they like! This year prizes will be awarded based on the amount of time read. Each participant who completes the first level of the game is guaranteed a prize. Teens completing the second level challenge will be entered into a drawing for a book of their choice ($15 value). Completing the third level awards a smaller guaranteed prize and will enter them into the grand prize drawing. Reading challenge books will allow teens to earn additional entries for the grand prize drawing. Starting June 1, teens may go online at www.livermorelibrary.net to register and then download a game board.
“Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, and Discover” your world with the Adult Summer Reading Program! Individuals aged 18 and over are invited to participate in a fun-filled summer reading program. This year’s “Field Notebook” game board features three “expeditions” designed to encourage reading, investigation, and discovery. Participants who complete two activities from each “expedition” will earn a prize and entry into the grand prize drawing for gift certificates to local businesses, restaurants, and more. Participants may choose to play this year’s game entirely online, or download, print, and complete a paper "Field Notebook" from the library's website.
Prizes will be available to be claimed later in the Summer, starting in July. Summer Reading Programs are supported by the Friends of the Livermore Library. Additional sponsors include Foster’s Freeze, LARPD, Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake, and Quest Science Center. Call 925-373-5505, or visit the library’s website, www.LivermoreLibrary.net, for further details.