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Kids Get In The Summer Reading Habit

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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 3:56 pm

Over 600 Coronado children and teens registered for the 2019 Summer Reading Program, Showtime @Your Library. This year’s sizzling program has seen highlights ranging from beach story times to a visit from the US Quidditch team. The program will wrap up next week with a drive-in movie screening of Mary Poppins, where the kids will be making their own cars to sit in and watch the movie. Starting at 6:00 pm, on Thursday, August 8, attendees will be given a bag of props, and materials to build and decorate cardboard cars.

The main goal of the reading program is to help students stay on track and prevent loss of reading ability during the summer months when school is not in session. Participants are challenged to read and are rewarded for their progress. Fun programming throughout the summer makes the library a focal point and a vehicle to promote reading for enjoyment on a regular basis.

This year, the summer program took on a strong science element, in keeping with the library’s shift toward STEAM programming. In the coming week, kids will be looking at acid-base reactions to paint and creating exploding paint rockets on August 6 at 3:00 pm.

Throughout the summer, the Library offered free programs focusing on science and engineering, 21st century job skills, presented in a fun and inventive way. Even preschoolers and young elementary children were invited to Science Storytime, a program encouraging curiosity and experimentation around a central scientific theme. This summer, water and gravity were explored through literature, as well as hands-on experiments. Kids listened to a story about the topics and were given a chance to ask questions and explore why things work the way they do, and then tried out 2-3 experiments.

Other highlights provided by youth librarian, Elizabeth Page, included the Great Coronado Bake Off, and a 10-hole mini Putt Putt golf course, based around children’s book characters designed to tour and familiarize children with the library collection. Annual program favorites included Bubble Day, Fourth of July t-shirt making, and Harry Potter Day, where kids and teens competed in the TriWizard tournament.

Teens had a wild summer at the Library making Henna tattoos, designing cookies and making their own stars on the walk of fame. The teen reading program will bow out with a party on Wednesday, August 7 at 2:00 pm in the Winn Room. Teens will be able to play Minute-to-Win-It games and giant Jenga, cool off with a water balloon toss and find out the winners of the Grand Prize Drawing. Winners could win a bicycle donated from Hollands Bicycle or a $50 Visa gift card. Cool door prizes and snacks will also be available.

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