library family summer reading

Summer reading programs at your local library are a great way to encourage your children to enjoy reading and help them keep their reading skills sharp while school is out. With libraries offering summer reading programs for children of all ages – and often for adults – you can make a trip to the library a weekly family time event.

Rewards Motivate Readers

With their constant motivational rewards, prizes, story times and special events, library summer reading programs make reading fun. Even less interested readers are often motivated to read more to earn reading program rewards. Summer reading programs also expose children to a greater variety of literature and may motivate them to read different types of books.

Your Child’s Own Library Card

Enrolling your child in a summer reading program is an excellent time to help him get his own library card. The Lorain County Public Library has recently introduced a new library card just for kids that do not require a parent’s signature.

Called the Browser Library Card, the care is available free to children 12 and younger and can be used at any branch location. The card can only be used to check out children’s books, no audio-visual materials (DVDs, CDs). With the Browser card children can only check out three books at a time which encourages return visits to the library. It sounds like a great way to introduce young children to all our libraries have to offer.

Motivating your child to read will help prepare him for kindergarten. For more tips on getting your child ready for kindergarten, click to download Horizon Education's free guide, Guiding the Way to Kindergarten.