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Summer Reading Club Registration
Family Summer Reading Club Survey
Individual Summer Reading Club Survey
Regularly scheduled Summer Reading Club programs begin in July at local Ruth Enlow Library branches. All programs are free, and children choose their own reading materials and track their progress using the reading logs provided. “Our events focus on the “Build a Better World” theme, with topics such as pollination, birdhouses, terrariums, Lego community, recycling materials, world coins, and everyday leader,” notes a library spokesperson. Children can participate by completing a log of books they read during the summer and/or attending events. Completed reading logs (one per child) will be entered into Grand Prize Drawings at the local branches.
“Summer Reading Club helps stop the ‘summer slide’ – a documented two-month loss in learning over the summer break – by encouraging students to read about topics that are fun and exciting,” said Julie Iden, 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.”
Participants can register online this link. Those not wanting to register online may call their local library branch or email the following contacts: email@example.com for Oakland, firstname.lastname@example.org for Accident, email@example.com for Grantsville, firstname.lastname@example.org for Friendsville, and email@example.com for Kitzmiller.
Dates at all branches are as follows:
- Accident—Tuesdays from July 11 – 25, 11:00 a.m. – noon, all ages
- Friendsville—Wednesdays from July 5 – 26, 10 a.m. – noon; walk-in programs during normal operating hours on Wednesdays from June 7 - 28, and in August, all ages
- Grantsville—Wednesdays from July 12 – 26, 11:00 a.m. – noon, all ages
- Kitzmiller—Fridays from July 14 – 28, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., all ages
- Oakland—Weekly from July 5 – 26, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., ages 6 and up on Tuesdays, 3 – 5 year-olds on Wednesdays.
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, and the Garrett County Education Association provides free books for participants. Other local organizations and businesses support the program as well with incentives. And statewide, the Baltimore Orioles and the Maryland Science Center contribute tickets and passes to participating libraries.
Printed materials for Summer Reading Club are available at library branches and online at this link.