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Summer Reading Club 2013
Dig Into Reading at the Ruth Enlow Library

Young readers will “dig into reading” during July at Ruth Enlow Library’s Summer Reading Club 2013. Participants will find adventure and make discoveries at the various programs planned at local libraries. From archeology to salamanders, gardening, dinosaurs, and mining, the topics promise to be fun and educational. 

All programs are free, and children choose their own reading materials and track their progress using the reading logs provided. “Summer Reading Club helps stop the ‘summer slide’ – a documented two-month loss in learning over the summer break – by encouraging students to dig into reading about topics that are fun and exciting,” said Deb Spurrier, Children’s Specialist at the Oakland Library. “Motivating children to read over the summer helps bridge the gap in learning between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next one.”

Registration for the program opens June 1. All those interested in attending the series are asked to call their local library branch to register, or to email the following contacts: deb.s@relib.net for Oakland, susan@relib.net for Accident, sandra@relib.net for Grantsville, and diane@relib.net for Kitzmiller. Friendsville is running a program with books, activities, and crafts from May to August, which requires no registration.

Dates at all branches are as follows:

  • Oakland—weekly from July 10 – July 25, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., 3 – 5 year-olds on Wednesdays, 6 – 12 year-olds on Thursdays
  • Accident—Tuesdays from July 9 – July 23, 11:00 a.m. – noon, all ages
  • Grantsville—Wednesdays, July 10 – July 24, 11:00 a.m. – noon, all ages
  • Kitzmiller—Fridays, July 12 – July 26, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Friendsville—books, activities, crafts; Kindles and iPads for students grade 4 and older. Check with the library for times during May, June, July, and August.

Summer Reading Club is a cooperative project between the local Maryland public libraries and the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Library Development and Services. The state also is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a grassroots consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.

The Friends of the Ruth Enlow Library contributes significant funds towards the library’s summer reading program. Other local organizations and businesses support the program as well with incentives. And statewide, the Baltimore Orioles and the Downtown Partnership in Baltimore contribute tickets and passes to participating libraries.

Printed materials for Summer Reading Club are available at library branches.