The Moose Jaw Public Library (MJPL) wants to make reading a big part of every child’s summer break.
© Times-Herald photo by Nathan Liewicki
Caroline Schwagger, 1, looks to her right as she prepares to put a sticker on her flower at the Moose Jaw Public Library on Saturday. Caroline was one of a number of kids who were at the library's Summer Launch Party.
Under the theme of eureka, the MJPL launched its 2014 Summer Reading Club Saturday, and by the end of the afternoon more than 150 children – up to the age of 10 – had signed up for the program, 100 of which opting for the Independent Reader program.
“With the theme being eureka, we want to inspire invention, creativity and trying new things among children and their reading,” said Tina Dolcetti, a children’s librarian with the MJPL.
Although the launch of occurred Saturday, Dolcetti noted that registration began back on June 17.
“We opened it early because we realized there were a lot of people lining up, so we wanted to get kids reading earlier without all the hassle of having everyone sign up on one day,” she said.
The program provides children an opportunity to log their reading – even those under the age of two – over the six-week duration of the club, which ends Aug. 18.
Lillian Schwager enrolled her daughter, Caroline in the program.
“Another mom recommended the program and said there were a lot of good things about it,” said Schwager.
Because of the reading logs, kids have the opportunity to read wherever they want – at home, in the car, or via audiobooks – and document it.
Described by Dolcetti as “enriching for language development,” the club is a good way to keep younger children interested in reading, even though summer has arrived and school is out.
“Over the summer there's a summer reading slide that usually results in loss of reading achievement,” said Dolcetti. “What we are trying to do is combat that by keeping kids still engaged in learning.”
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