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We’ve kicked off our summer reading program at Virginia Public Library with a huge bang.  Yesterday was our first day of open registration and we already have 277 participants signed up to read this summer.  That is so awesome!  What a way to go, Virginia! 

This will be a great summer packed with fun events for our summer readers.  Thursdays are fun days at the library and we’ve got something planned for every Thursday in June and July.  Our June highlights include a visit on June 6th by the Minnesota Zoomobile, followed by a visit on June 13th from James Pointer from the Soudan Underground Mine with  a “Survivor: Underground!” program.  This will be followed on June 20th with a drawing workshop by Monkey with a Tool belt author/illustrator Chris Monroe.  On June 27thboth the Friends of the Library and the Virginia Community Education Department will welcome Twin Cities’ musician Paul Spring for a fun family music program.
Heading into July, we’ll host our annual 4th of July week treasure hunt followed by the Great Lego Dig.  On July 18th the Minnesota Science Museum will bring their “Digging up Dinosaurs” program to the library and on July 25th magic will fill the air when the Amazing Charles visits Virginia once again.
Squirrel & Skunk Reading Together
As much fun as all this sounds, I have to say that these fun events aren’t the main reason why we are working so hard to keep kids reading during the summer.  Did you know that kids who participate in an organized reading program at their local library are more likely to be reading at or above grade level by the beginning of their next school year?  In addition, kids who read during the summer not only have fun reading, but also create a lifelong habit of reading.  That can only be a good thing for our community!
The library has a great online program that lets kids participate from wherever they have an internet connection.  This makes it easy and fun to record summer reading as well as write book reviews.  Last year our elementary students wrote more than 5,000 reviews.  Hmmmm, reading and writing during the summer…  No wonder library kids do so well in school.
Chipmunk Borrowing Library Books
So, if you haven’t signed up for our reading program yet, don’t wait.  Just go to www.virginia.lib.mn.usand click on the Dig into Reading logo to get started.  Or, see me in the Children’s Room.  Our weekly events are posted in the library and on the event calendar at our website.
Don’t miss out on all the fun of reading (and writing)!
Dawn Heisel — Children’s Librarian