Tails & Tales – Animal Adventures!
June 1st – July 31st
Our Summer Reading Program (SRP) combines fun activities and entertaining events to support and increase reading skills–and learning– all summer long. (Shhh–kids just think it’s fun!)
We’ve updated our Summer Reading Program to offer traditional and digital options. We’ve added great resources from Early Literacy to adults– and expanded our digital collections and audio books for all ages. We’ll have storytimes, themed entertainers and educators, creative crafts and games for all ages– inside and outside too. And of course, we’ll have “Tails & Tales Animal Adventure” themed instant prizes for each completed kids reading log!
Adult Appreciation Drawing:
We recognize that families who complete more reading logs are those with engaged adults. Therefore we appreciate and recognize the adults too! So new this year — thanks to our Friends of the Library
- Each log completed by child — Adult gets raffle ticket for a drawing!
Get ready for your adventure!
What can I read?
Any reading counts for any GLADL SRP Reading Log! Kids still in class? They can count their school reading time! Plus, they can read graphic novels, manga, favorite series– whatever they choose! Read or listen to a FREE digital or audio book from our collection, read books you have at home — read anything you like! Visit our website for FREE digital and audio books from our expanded collection for all ages from Overdrive/Overdrive Kids/Overdrive Teens, Hoopla, ComicsPlus, and BookFlix. You’ll find links to these fun resources on our Home Page and our Content FAQ.
When does this start?
Everything SRP starts June 1, 2021.
Traditional paper SRP Reading Logs will be available at the library June 1– or print your log from home.
What if I can’t get out to the library?
You can do “Wandoo”— the Wandoo Reader Digital Summer Reading Program that plays like a game! Players create a fun character, and “level up” to earn options for their character as they complete their reading! Wandoo Digital SRP is great if you can’t come to the library but still want to participate to earn prizes!
Earn Fun Prizes!
Instant Prizes – Turn in each completed Reading Log to instantly win prizes like animal bracelets, farm animal duckies, animal finger puppets, sea animal squishies, bendy alpacas, sticky lizards, safari sunglasses, wiggle snakes and other treats!
Log Bonus Prize: When any youth or adult reader turns in a log — they get a free pass to visit the Used Book Sale in the 1931 Room to pick out any 5 Books for FREE! (One pass per visit).
Grand Prizes – Each Reading Log completed is also an entry for a chance to win the Grand Prize for each grade group. Grand Prize packages for all ages stuffed with goodies– gift cards, tote bags, cups, t-shirts, and much, much more!!
Visit GLADL to pick up your prizes (courtesy of our local businesses and the Friends of the Library). Bring in your paper logs to turn in—GLADL will confirm your Wandoo logs digitally.
Thanks to our sponsors for great Instant Win & Grand Prizes!
Zap Zone Laser Tag
Friends of the Library
Dr. David Harkema
Brad’s Hair Studio
Eaton County Parks and Rec
Potter Park Zoo
Events this Summer — Click on the event for more information!
- Who’s Tail is this Tale — See the different animal “tails” in the Children’s department — New “Tails “ appearing all summer long!
- Animal Actions Game! Try our Outdoor Sidewalk game– how many “Animal Actions” can you do?
- Wild in the Library Animal Scavenger Hunt! — Animals are hiding all through the library—Follow the clues and see how many you can find!
Read By Grade Three Law–Why Is Summer Reading Important?
Sure, the GLADL Summer Reading Program is lots of fun—but it’s more than fun. Reading over the summer helps your imagination take flight, and is incredibly important for students and their academic achievement, from preschool to grade three and beyond:
- Children who don’t read over the summer experience summer learning loss, forgetting some of what they’ve learned during the school year. Worse, the effect is cumulative– children who lose reading skills over the summer may be up to two years behind their classmates by the end of 6th grade. Children actively participating in a library Summer Reading Program gain reading skills and increase literacy.
- The Summer Reading Program encourages kids to read whatever they want, to enjoy reading for recreation. Studies show children who read for fun often academically out-perform children who don’t.
- When families engage in summer reading together, they have meaningful conversations, share adventures and experiences while also making an impact on their child’s learning.
- The Summer Reading Program and all of its associated activities are FREE– safe, engaging, educational opportunities for all ages, all summer long!
For more about the importance of summer reading for our children, follow the link to an article from School Library Journal. For an impassioned statement about libraries, reading and daydreaming for adults by Neil Gaiman, read this article from The Guardian. Thanks to the Madison Public Library and ed.gov for contributed material. For more resources on the Read by Grade Three Law: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/3rd_Gr_Reading_Facts_Families_Final_629306_7.pdf