We are a family of readers.
I love to read, and Grace loves to be read to. Joe’s not a book lover, but he is aware of our love and he accommodates us as necessary.
So today, we all signed up for our public library’s summer reading program. After we got home and looked through our information, I was really impressed.
First, the reading program for little guys like Gracie requires that we keep track of the minutes she spends looking at books and being read to. The library’s goal is that each child will read for 800 minutes over the course of the summer.
Seriously? 800 minutes over the whole summer? We easily crest 800 minutes in two weeks – or less!
We’ve read 90 minutes today.
I digress. The adult portion of the program asks us to complete a BINGO-type card by branching out in a variety of different book genres. Each BINGO we get will enter us in a drawing for lots of cool prizes.
But then the librarian handed us the last part – the Get Outdoors and Be Creative! sketchbook.
For the Get Outdoors and Be Creative! part of the program, we can seek out 30 creativity stations hid all throughout the county at parks, museums, and other learning centers. Most involve a short hike, deciphering clues, and hunting for the 3″ square plates. Finding all 30 will have us walking over 25 miles through the county’s parks and museums.
I love it! I love the plan. I love that it encourages us to read and be active. I love that it takes us outside.
Joe and I already discussed that our goal is to find all 30 of the stations. I’ll keep you updated on our progress.
I almost forgot. The best part of this whole reading program? It’s all 100% free.
Are you participating in the summer reading program in your community? You should be.
Go find it and enroll today!
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