Bear Valley Staff asked one of our Drawing Prize Winners for her thoughts about Summer of Reading 2013.
Bear Valley Staff: What was your favorite part of Summer Reading?
Rachel Soderstrom: I got prizes for doing something that I love! I love Elitch's and I love reading!
BVS: What about those prizes? Did you get anything cool?
RS: Oh yes, VERY cool! I won the drawing for a $50 Target Gift card! I was uber-surprised that it was $50 because I had thought it was only going to be about $10. And I love Elitch's, so a free ticket was awesome! And of course, I love adding books to my personal book collection so the book prize was especially good.
The Deru family has been visiting the Smiley Branch Library once a week attending our Thursday storytimes with Mr. Dana for many years. Now that many of the Deru boys have graduated from our preschool storytime, they all participate in the Summer of Reading at Smiley attending every program. They are superb crafters and each made fantastic fossils during out Fossil Prints class, sharing some of their knowledge of prehistoric prints with the rest of the group.
With the school year starting up again soon, one of the best ways to help toddlers and preschoolers learn more about letters, numbers, colors, shapes, and opposites is with Concept Books.
Concept Books typically present these basic ideas with bright, appealing illustrations and simple, focused text. Since many concept books have minimal plots, they offer an excellent opportunity to engage children in conversation.
I see Nikki, 4 year old Parker and baby Phoenix in Preschool storytime every week. Parker loves to read and Nikki loves to bring Parker to the library because he is not in school yet and it’s a chance for him to be around other kids his age. It’s a great tool for socialization Nikki says.
The Crichlow family visits the Ford-Warren Branch Library on a daily basis. The family owns a neighborhood bike shop and they travel everywhere on their bikes even when it is raining.
They always check out large quantities of books and they put them inside their bike pannier to travel home. Some of Jade’s favorites include the Geronimo Stilton series, cooking, and sewing books. In addition to signing up for the Summer Reading Program they also attended various other programs at the library.
As a branch that offers storytimes almost every day of the week, it is no surprise that we have a large number of Read With Me families signed up for Summer of Reading. One of our families really made an impression when they came to pick up their third prize.
Donna and Patrick come in for storytime every week with their 1-year old son Ryan. When asked if they would like to keep or recycle their Read With Me folder, Donna emphatically replied that they would like to keep it, so that on days when they don’t go to a playgroup, storytime, or other class, they can use the folder for suggestions of fun activities to do together.
Summer of Reading 2013 started off in a flurry of excitement at the Byers Branch on 7th and Santa Fe. Since the Denver Public Library began the program before children were released from school for the summer, there was no delay in igniting their excitement to start reading!
This year, we wanted to do something different—something to show our community that even though we’re a small branch, we can achieve great things by working together.
We began the summer in an impassioned attempt to win the ice cream party that the Mayor offered to the branch with the greatest increase in registrations in the first two weeks. Our staff and community rallied together, and although we did not win, we came in third overall with 418 registrations as compared to 277 last year (that’s 150% of last year’s total for that time)!
I had the pleasure of meeting Ian and his younger sister Julia at the Decker Branch Library this summer. Both avid readers, Ian and Julia enthusiastically participated in the Denver Public Library’s Summer of Reading program by excelling in their reading as well as attending craft events at the Decker Library. Ian and Julia are truly wonderful to have as regular customers at Decker, as they routinely help other children at craft events and even offer to help clean up after we've finished our craft projects. Not only are they devoted readers, Ian and Julia are wonderful customers, and it always brightens my day to see them at Decker.
In this photo, Ian and Julia are showcasing the buttons they made as part of a craft activity at Decker. They were thrilled to make their own buttons and loved looking for books after we finished our craft. They’re pictured here near the Decker Library’s fireplace with some of our cuddly friends that hang out in the children’s section. Thank you, Ian and Julia, for helping to make our summer so much more fun!
Story submitted by Natalie, Librarian at the Decker Branch Library.