As an avid reader myself, as a daughter of an elementary school teacher, as a parent to two squiggly bookworms and as an aunt to two struggling readers, I love the summer reading programs at our public school library. Every summer my niece and nephew stay with us and they have learned to love it, albeit begrudging at first, as well. Now all four of them look forward to it every year. Yes, summertime at the library!!! It can be done!
From the first paragraph it is obvious that I am in favor of summer reading programs at our library. But I will endeavor to identify both the positives and the negatives for a more overall article.
It builds up one’s imagination.
It increases one’s knowledge.
It improves mediocre reading skills.
It is a social activity as well.
It is air conditioned inside a public library. (An added bonus if residing in Texas!)
It benefits both the adult and the child as they both learn about new stories.
It advances communication skills.
There are games, activities, crafts and food to enjoy.
Well right off, I’d say none, but as this is an article about the pros and cons, then two cons would be:
To prepare for and accept some chaos.
The time of a program can interfere with summer camp or other summer activities in which a child wants to participate.
I know my lists should be more balanced, but I cannot be that writer. I am too much an advocate of public libraries. Read a book with your child. Listen to him or her read each page with growing excitement. With unadulterated glee. You might very well become one, too-if not already.
That’s about it for the cons as the pros are all I can really see. While the child or children are engaged in the reading programs, you can browse books for yourself, or even spend time on the many computers available to the public for personal use. Metropolitan public library systems have the additional benefit to partner up with restaurants for further incentives. Children love to win the prizes and receive coupons for free meals JUST for reading. How cool is that?
Go ahead, enroll early (all right that could go in the con area, as if one does not enroll early space might not be available.) Grab a book and enjoy discussing it with a child.
Books provide imaginative outlets for us all. Have fun! I know my niece and nephew look forward to the reading program now, eagerly. They discuss and recommend books weekly with their cousins. All four of the children’s reading levels have improved. Not only has their reading skills increased, they love reading just for the sake of reading throughout the entire year!
Now that’s a PRO!!!!