Well! What a treat to be visited by our new zookeeper-clad Northtown branch librarian, Ms. Mary Freuh. She held a gathering for our primary students in our school library to excite and incite participation in the Chicago Public Library's Summer Reading Program, this year's theme being "Explore and Roar" in conjunction with the wonderful Lincoln Park Zoo. Information and details are being distributed, and additional calendars of library events are available in the school office. It seems this year's program involves a rather meaty booklet to fill out, with an emphasis on math and science (a la Common Core nonfiction focus). But there is nothing wrong with letting your reader roam the library like a lion on the hunt for whatever looks delicious (please see the very salient article "Let My People Read" by one of my favorite educators Donalyn Miller for free-reading fortification, or my own hints for keeping those pages turning all summer long on my personal blog). There has been quite a bit of parental concern expressed regarding the ethical implications of "Rahm's Readers" being plastered all over the materials, but I'm afraid that is something that will have to be taken up with the public library or the city or the ballot box, or you can opt to design your own summer reading rewards program via BookAdventure. Though I always hope, at the end of the summer or the end of the day, children will discover that reading is its own reward! At it's heart and in spite of any intrusions by special interests, I believe the CPL Summer Reading Program will do this. Sign up your cuties today and support the public library while they support us!
Please check out the summer reading link on this website, look over my own private bookshelf, or visit the popular Kidsreads website for suggestions and springboards, and of course, please read aloud across the grade levels and do not hesitate to let me know if you need any special assistance or guidance. Special thanks to Ms. Freuh for working with me to get some of our bookworms their very own and very first public library cards! Upon distribution, I am officially verklempt.