Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summer Reading Program Underway At Seattle Public Libraries

2014 Summer of Learning: Zone In

The Seattle Public Library has begun its 95th annual summer reading program with the theme "Zone In!” running through August 21, which is "designed to prevent summer setback among school-age children and teens."

Children who sign up will receive a free book at branch libraries, the closest one being the Northeast Branch (6801 35th Avenue NE)

Participants also will receive stickers on their take-home activity logs for doing a variety of suggested  activities such as learning a magic trick, searching the Library’s website for science experiment ideas, or creating a musical instrument out of everyday items.

The information says:
In addition to encouraging reading, this year’s program also includes activities around science, technology, engineering, arts and math – areas especially important to the future success of students.
"Thanks to a partnership with the Pacific Science Center, our librarians received training that will help them present engaging science activities on an ongoing basis in the branches and out in the community,” said City Librarian Marcellus Turner.     
The Library’s Summer of Learning website has ideas for fun, hands-on science activities that can be done at home or with friends. 
Children who complete and log 10 activities will receive a free day pass to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Those who complete their activity log by Monday, August 4, will be entered into a drawing for the city librarian’s popular Breakfast of Champions event.  
This year, teens and tweens are invited to create and share videos, photos, GIFs, artwork, poetry or creative writing at (#bysplteens). While supplies last, they also will get free books when they come to the library for a program, attend an outreach event, or participate in an activity.  
Tweens and teens also can sign up online at to create an avatar, set up their own summer online bookshelf and earn badges.  
“This year we especially want to help teens and tweens improve their digital media skills,” said City Librarian Marcellus Turner. “Whether their interests lie in art, activism, robotics, 3-D printing, computer programming, music, history, photography – we have something for everyone. There is a lot for teens to do at the Library this summer.” 

Go here for more information on activities all summer long for families, children and teens. All programs are free and open to the public.

The 2014 Summer of Learning is sponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, Google, and U.S. Bank.

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