By Danielle Jones
Hollywood Library teen/youth librarian
At Hollywood Library, we’re gearing up to celebrate another fun-filled summer full of reading and activities.
Library summer reading programs were first started around the nation in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children to read during their summer vacation, use the library and develop the habit of reading. Multnomah County Library began celebrating summer reading in 1912 and has been creating a culture of excitement around reading through the summer ever since.
Every year, a theme enhances the summer reading program. This year’s theme is health and fitness, which is well timed as it will correlate with the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Libraries across the United States as well as Samoa, Cayman Islands, Guam, Mariana Islands and Micronesia will be celebrating the same theme, encouraging families to get active and get reading.
Themes are chosen at an annual conference hosted by the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a nonprofit consortium of states. Through the consortium, library staff and library consultants come together to pick themes and create materials so that libraries who need help have access to low-cost materials to run successful summer reading programs.
Upcoming themes include how to build a better world for 2017 and music for 2018.
This year’s summer reading game will run from June 17 through August 31. Kids can start tracking their reading as soon as school is out, though for many this year there will be a week between the last day of school and the official start of the Summer Reading game.
We are excited to celebrate Summer Reading with you and will offer a variety of family events, including crafts, live performances and maker activities.
Since this year’s theme promotes being active, here are some books your family can use to get out and play!
• Go Out and Play! Favorite Outdoor Games From Kaboom! by KaBoom
• Get Outside The Kids Guide to Fun in the Great Outdoors by Jane Drake
• Let’s Go Outside! Outdoor Activities and Projects to Get You and Your Kids Closer to Nature by Jennifer Ward
• Sidewalk Chalk: Outdoor Fun and Games by Jamie Kyle McGillian
• Get Out! Outdoor Activities Kids Can Enjoy Everywhere (Except Indoors) by Hallie Warshaw
• Family Fun Nights 140 Activities the Whole Family Will Enjoy by Lisa Bany-Winters
• Go Wild! 101 Things to Do Outdoors Before You Grow Up by Fiona Danks
• The Everything Games Book 600 Classic Games and Activities for the Whole Family by Lesley Bolton
• Once Upon A Family: Read-aloud Stories and Activities That Nurture Healthy Kids by Jean Grasso Fitzpatrick
Some ways you can celebrate summer reading and its get active theme together:
• Have a family read aloud – we’d be happy to help you find a title that could work for the whole family
• Read a biography of a sports hero
• Use the library’s “Biography in Context” database to look up some of this year’s Summer Olympic athletes
• Have a “family olympics”
• Play flashlight tag
• Go to the park
• Do yoga with your kids using Hoopla’s streaming videos
• Have fun
Summer Reading is made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation.
Ready, set, Summer Read
By Andrea Deeken
Hollywood Library assistant
Ah, summertime. The time when your hammock beckons, and the only decisions to make are what cool drink to have in your hand and what book to read. A time of being barefoot in the grass, taking naps under breezy old trees, lounging by the pool … WAIT A MINUTE. Does this sound like your life? If it does, I applaud you. Keep living the dream! But if you’re like me and you’re awakened each morning at 6 am by a little voice yelling “MAMA! MAMA! MAMA!” then this list is for you.
Need to get out of the house with your kiddos without breaking the bank? Never fear, the library has tons of free stuff to occupy your kids this summer!
Storytimes: For kids aged 0-6. Varying days and times for different ages. Free tickets given out 15 minutes in advance.
Summer Reading: All ages. This starts June 17 and ends August 31. Fill out a game board by reading and win prizes! Summer Reading is made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation.
Events: A sampling of June events include Tween DIY; Lego Club; Ready, Set, Light Speed! (a Star Wars-themed craft); Read to the Dogs; Teen Anime Club and many more.
My Discovery Pass: Use your library card to reserve free passes to participating organizations like The Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center. (But be sure to plan ahead: Passes are subject to availability.)
Hoopla Kids Mode: You may already use Hoopla to stream movies and music, audiobooks and even comics. Now you can activate Kids Mode on your mobile device so your kids can browse too!
OverDrive: Access downloadable ebooks and audiobooks for your next family road trip with your library card.
Zinio: If by chance you get a moment to yourself, read magazines for free on your mobile device or computer.
My Librarian: Need reading suggestions? Get a custom reading list from a librarian for anyone in your family.
For further details on these library events and services, be sure to pick up a current Hollywood Events flyer the next time you are in the branch, or ask your friendly neighborhood librarian. We hope to see you and your family in the Hollywood Library this summer!