Today is the Summer Solstice, or the first official day of summer and the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.
As the earth revolves around the sun, the north pole is tilted toward the sun half the year and the south pole is tilted toward the sun the other half. Today is the day with the longest period of daylight because the sun takes its longest path through the sky. In the Northern Hemisphere the summer solstice always falls on June 20th, 21st or 22nd.
The winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, takes place between December 21st and December 23rd. This occurs when the north pole is at maximum tilt away from the sun.
Looking for something for your children to do this summer? Sign them up for the Summer of Reading program.
Any child from birth all the way up to teens getting ready for their senior year of high school can participate in the Summer of Reading program and win books and other fun prizes. Just visit your local branch, sign up, and start reading (or singing, talking, playing, reading, and writing with the birth through pre-K crowd). Registration begins on Monday, June 3rd and will end on Saturday, July 27th. Participation is free.
Please meet Kylee and her younger brother Connor, two of my favorite regulars here at the Green Valley Ranch Library. They are both such avid readers that it’s not unusual to see them in the library more than once a week. Kylee and Connor also participated in our Summer of Reading Program this year, and since they always brighten my day, I couldn’t resist talking with them about their experience.
Kylee loves to read happy books in her room before bedtime to ward off any bad dreams. Her favorite book this summer was Wizard at Work, by Vivian Vande Velde. Connor likes to read in the living room and in the car (he obviously has no problems with car sickness). His favorite books to read this summer included Clifford and Magic Tree House.
Denver Public Library's popular Summer of Reading program is in full swing for 2011. Make sure the kids and teens in your life sign up online or at any branch library location through July 30.
For many years, Summer of Reading has been a great way to encourage kids and teens reading during their summer break. Keeping young readers engaged and curious about reading and learning prepares them for the upcoming school year by acting as a bridge to keep literacy and comprehension skills sharp. Also, it doesn't hurt that there are incentives to encourage our little bookworms to keep at it.