Monday, June 4, 2012

Seattle Public Library Summer Reading Program Celebrates The 50th Anniversary Of The 1962 World's Fair

The Seattle Public Library has kicked off its  2012 Summer Reading Program which will run through August 26, encouraging everyone to read during the summer, especially children.

This year’s program for kids celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair with the theme “Read Your Way Into the Future.”  Children, teens and adults can track and rate books read, collect stickers, online badges, as well as create an online avatar.  The Summer Reading Program also includes hundreds of free programs for families at Library locations.

Children can sign up online or in person at any library location for the program and will receive a free paperback book and a pass to the Burke Museum after reading ten books. Children who read ten books by August 1st will be entered into a drawing for the city librarian’s popular Breakfast of Champions event held at the Space Needle in August. One winner from each Library location will be selected.

"Participating in the Summer Reading Program is a great way for kids to have fun and improve reading skills during the summer break from school. A 2004 study in the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk found that having elementary school students read just four or five books during the summer can prevent the reading-achievement losses that normally occur over those months," the information says.

Teens are also invited to participate in the Library’s Century 22: Book Scavenger Hunt in which participants will register online for a free BookCrossing account to get clues to find 1,000 books hidden throughout Seattle. Once the book has been found and read, it can be hidden again. Then participants can post a clue where the book was hidden and give a review or rating in the Library’s online catalog. Teens and adults can also enter to win a Kindle e-book reader for every three books read and reviewed or rated.
For more information about the Summer Reading Program, go here or call The Seattle Public Library at 206-386-4636.

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