2020 Summer Reading Program – Now thru August 14th!

Update 7/16/2020 – Our Summer Reading Program has been extended to August 14th!

Let your imagination soar– “Imagine Your Story: Myths, Legends & Fairy Tales”! Our Summer Reading Program (SRP) combines fun activities for kids of all ages and entertaining events to support and increase reading skills (and learning!) all summer long.

Of course, many things are different this year. At GLADL, we’ve adjusted and expanded our Summer Reading Program and our collection of digital and audio books for all ages. From Registration, to Reading Logs, to our Activities and Events and our digital reading resources, GLADL has online and virtual options to give you and your family more choices and flexibility.

#1. Registration:

Register for summer reading by clicking on one of the following applicable links:

Child/Teen Registration Form

Adult Registration Form

Use these forms to register for traditional or digital reading logs. Please include a current email address on your registration.

 

#2. Choose Your Reading Log:

Update 7/16/2020 – Due to popular demand, Summer Reading participants may complete a second round of logs! Participants may either turn in two traditional paper logs, or Complete “Wandoo Reader Digital SRP” AND a traditional paper log. (Sadly, Wando software doesn’t allow repeating.)

2a. Print out your Traditional paper SRP Reading Log to record your reading and earn great prizes! You can get started logging your reading right away!

Traditional paper SRP Reading Logs are available at the library,  or yoy may print your own at home.

Grades 0-K Reading Log  (No Color Printer Friendly Version)

Grades 1-6 Reading Log  (No Color Printer Friendly Version)

Grades 7-12 Reading Log   (No Color Printer Friendly Version)

Adult Reading Log

AND/OR

2b. Use our Wandoo Reader Digital Summer Reading Program! Wandoo Reader is a digital resource that looks and plays a little differently than traditional SRP Reading Logs, but kids will quickly get the hang of it. Wandoo allows them to create a fun character and earn options for their character as they complete their reading! With Wandoo Digital SRP, kids can get started logging their reading right away! Wandoo is also great if you can’t come to the library for traditional paper logs, or print logs at home, but still want to participate to earn prizes!

Grades 0-K Digital Program

Grades 1-6 Digital Program

Grades 7-12 Digital Program

 

#3. Read!

Any reading done counts for any GLADL SRP Reading Log! Read or listen to a FREE digital or audio book from our collection, read books you have at home — read anything you like!

If you can’t get to the library, visit our website for FREE digital and audio books from our expanded collection for all ages from Overdrive/Overdrive Kids/Overdrive Teens, Hoopla, TumbleBooks, BookFlix and RB Digital. You’ll find links to these fun new resources on our Home Page.

#4. Earn Fun Prizes!

Instant Prizes – Turn in each completed Reading Log to instantly win prizes like beads, themed tag necklaces, plush dragons, glittery unicorns, fairy wands, inflatable light sabers, crowns, and coupons for FREE ice cream, tacos, cookies, and other treats!

Grand Prizes – Each Reading Log completed is also an entry for a chance to win the Grand Prize for each grade group. Grand Prizes may include gift cards, fairy wings, foam swords, games and much more!

Visit GLADL to pick up your prizes (courtesy of our local businesses and the Friends of the Library) when we’re open to the public. Bring in your paper logs to turn in—GLADL will confirm your Wandoo logs digitally.

 

#5: Extra SRP Challenges for Fun and Prizes!

“Imagine Your Story” with SRP activities all summer long–see Virtual Demonstrations of Medieval Weaponry, Sword Fighting, Virtual Magic Shows and make fun Take-Home Crafts. When you see the Magic, and make the Crafts you’ll hear the “Magic Word” for Wandoo Challenges! Bring the clue to GLADL for a special treat! You’ll find the details on our Event Calendar and on our Facebook page.

Summer Teen Volunteers 

We need your help! Volunteering at the library is fun, is great experience for future jobs, and can be counted as community service hours. Please complete our 2020 Teen Volunteer Questionnaire!  Teens must be entering 7th grade or be at least 13 years old to volunteer.

What will I do? There are a lot of volunteer activities, including: Summer Reading registration, helping with programs – both in person and virtual events, taking pictures for library promotions, preparing craft materials, keeping library shelves in order, and more projects to help keep the library running smooth all summer.

How do I sign up? Complete our Teen Questionnaire and Volunteer Information Form – be neat and complete.  Be sure to review your summer schedule before committing to volunteer – all applicants must be able to volunteer at least 4 hours a week.

All interested teens are encouraged to complete an application. Any teens who we do not have space for will be put on a waiting list to be contacted if additional volunteer opportunities become available.

Completed Forms can be emailed to admin@gladl.org or dropped in our book drop box or mailed to GLADL Attn: Teen Volunteer 131 E. Jefferson, Grand Ledge, MI 48837.

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Eaton Great Start is hosting a Summer Reading Challenge that can be completed as a bonus challenge for ages 0 – 8! 

For more information and to get started click here! 

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