Woo hoo!  School’s out! 

Yes, summer vacation begins this week for most of the area schools.  For the kids in school, this is wonderful news:  No homework to do; no tests to take; and no assigned reading to struggle with.  The idea now is to have fun, and lots of it! 

Tackle a Good Book This Summer!

Wait–No reading??  Did you know that children who read over the summer vacation are more likely to be reading at or above grade level by the beginning of the next school year than children who do not read ?  What can you do to help your child improve his or her reading skills rather than remain static or–worse–possibly lose skills?

Find Your Muse in a Book!

It’s easy:  Sign up for the Summer Reading Program at the Virginia Public Library!  Children who sign up for the program can choose their own books and earn chances to win raffle prizes, both of which encourage them to finish their books.  There are also wonderful programs every week.  For example, there will be theater, magic, Legos, duct tape, and animals of all sorts.  

Registration, book counts, book reviews, and more will all be done online this year as it was last year.  Online registration began on May 24th and many of you have already taken advantage of that convenience.  Registration in the library begins on Thursday, May 31st.  The registration period will end on Thursday, June 28th with the program itself ending on Tuesday, July 31st.  Registration, book counts, book reviews, and more will all be done online this year as it was last year. 

To register, go to the Virginia Public Library Online Programs page.  To find more information on the different events, visit the Summer Reading Program events page. 

Susan Hoppe — Reference Services Librarian