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Summer Reading Program 2013
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Want to keep your children active this summer? Encourage them to join our Summer Reading Club! Research shows that children who read daily over the summer are more likely to maintain, and even improve, their reading skills.
Children of ALL ages (including preschoolers) may participate in Summer Reading Club by reading independently, reading with others, or being read to by a friend or family member. Children read for at least 20 minutes a day and record their progress in a log.
Bring your children in to register starting Friday, June 14. (Those who have signed up through school do not have to re-register.) Each child will receive a reading log, time log, coupon for a free Rita’s water ice, and place on our recognition wall.
All prizes will be awarded based on the amount of time that children spend reading or listening to print books, ebooks, magazines, audiobooks and Playaways. The more hours they spend reading or being read to, the more rewards they will be eligible to receive. (See time log for details.) Rewards may be claimed through Monday, September 9. While children are welcome to write down the titles that they read, they are not required to do so.
Abington Free Library Program Registration Guidelines:
- Programs are for Abington Township/Rockledge Borough residents only, unless listed as “Open to all area residents.”
- Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. on advertised dates. A library card number may be required. You may register in person or call (215) 885-5180, ext. 28.
- If your child cannot attend a program, please call the Children’s Department promptly so that we may admit a child on the waiting list.
Featured at the Roslyn Branch Library:
- If you check out 10 books or more you can fill out a raffle ticket to win a $25.00 gift certificate to George’s Dreshertown Shop N’ Bag, a $25.00 gift card from Giant, or bread for a year from Panera Bread! You can enter as often as you like. Drawing will be held in September.
- Children ages 5 and up can play the DIG INTO READING GAME. Earn coupons which you can trade for prizes from our treasure chest. You can participate at any time.
- Special thanksto the following businesses who have generously donated incentives to encourage the children of our community to read: George’s Dreshertown Shop N’Bag, Rita’s Water Ice, Panera Bread, Giant Food Stores, Whole Foods, YoFresh Yogurt Café, Philly Pretzel Factory, Old Original Levis, U-Swirl Frozen Yogurt, Wawa, and Jules Thin Crust.
- Also, a big thank you to the parents in our community who support Roslyn Library by bringing their children to our programs and checking out books.
Look for our many Summer Reading Club Programs for both libraries below and in events!
Abington Free Library and Roslyn Branch Library invite rising fifth- and sixth-graders to enter
“A Book That Shaped Me,”
a summer writing contest offered by the Library of Congress.
Students are encouraged to write a one-page essay reflecting on how a particular book has had a personal impact on their lives.
Entry forms are available in the Children’s Department at Abington Free Library, and also at Roslyn Branch Library; essay submission deadline is August 12, 2013.
For more information, please visit http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/kids-teachers/booksthatshape/.
Just for Children
Check with our staff for special school and day care visits, booklists and tours.
People often comment on the quality and depth of our Parent-Teacher Collection. We're very proud to offer this collection that addresses the needs of parents and educators in the community.
In the Children's Department you can access the MCLINC catalog. Call 215-885-5180, ext. 28, for details.
Children's Non Fiction: 4 books per subject per card.
Children's Holiday Materials
- 4 items per subject per card (excluding DVDs)
- No Renewals
- During the 30 days preceding a holiday: Items circulate for 1 week.
- During the rest of the year: Items circulate for 3 weeks.
Unattended Children Policy
Library staff members cannot assume responsibility for the care, safety or well being of children in the Library. Please read more here.
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The Abington Free Library Children’s Department is pleased to offer graphic novels for the elementary grades. According to Getting Graphic! by Michele Gorman, a graphic novel is “an original book-length story, either fiction or non-fiction books, published in a comic book style … or a collection of stories that have been published previously as comic books.”
Graphic novels stimulate children’s imaginations through exciting combinations of pictures and text. They engage reluctant readers and boost the confidence of children who are ESL students or reading below their grade level. They are popular with kids and great fun to read.
Children’s graphic novels are available downstairs. Look for them in the bookcase next to the magazine section.
- Carolyn DuBois
Head, Children's Department, Abington Free Library