Keep your kids' minds sharp this summer: Summer Reading Programs

While I am a firm believe in "summer should be summer," that doesn't mean that I think kids should let their minds atrophy over the summer.  

Apparently, I am not alone since there are some fabulous reading incentives going on right now.

Check out your local library for their reading programs.  Not only can you check out books (and movies, music, art just to name a few) many libraries have story hours year round and other programs going on during the summer months when the older kids are off from school.

Here in Conway, the rest of our summer looks like this:

For pre and grade school kids:
Rich Davis Illustration drawing ages 0-7 from 2:00 to 3:00
Ages 8-13 from 3:00 to 4:00
Ocean Adventures Friday, July 16 at 1:30
Seeing is Not Believing Magic Show Friday, July 16 at 7:00
Leonardo Saturday, July 24 at 11:30
July 27- Summer Splash Bash 3:00-4:30
(Water Fun, Radio Disney and Child Safety)
Kiddos Thursday, July 29 at 1:30

For teens and tweens:
Rich Davis Illustrator Classes Ages 8-13 Thursday, July 8 from 3:00-4:00
Movie Night To Be Announced Tuesday, July 13 from 4:00-6:00
Stampin-up Craft Project Wednesday, July 14 at 4:00
Ocean Adventures Friday, July 16 at 1:30
Seeing is not Believing Magic Show Friday, July 16 at 7:00
Movie Night To Be Announced Tuesday, July 27 from 4:00-6:00
Battle of the Bands Concert at Simon Park Saturday, July 31 at 7:00

At the Mayflower branch:

*Pre-school Story times Thursdays in July at 11:00
Craft Tuesday, July 6 at 1:00
Rich Davis Illustration Classes Friday July 9 at 1:00
May’s Animal Farm and pony rides Monday, July 12 at 1:00
Note: Rain our day for May’s will be Tuesday, July 13 at 1:00
Craft Wednesday, July 14, 21 and 28th at 1:00
Leonardo Saturday, July 24 at 1:30

Barnes and Noble has a Passport to Summer Reading program going on now where kids read 8 books, fill out a form (to make sure they actually read the books) and they get a free book from a selected group.   You can download a form to keep track.  Grades 1-6

Borders and Waldenbooks also has a summer reading program, called Double Dog Dare  but they require the child to read 10 books instead of 8 to get the free one- also from a selected group.  You can download a form from their site as well.  Ages 12 or under.

Hastings has a Summer Book Club  that offers a couple different things- you can download a coupon each month and you can also download a journal to write reviews and enter for a chance to win gift cards.

If you know of a program I missed I'd be happy to add it, just leave a comment or zip me an email and I'll get to it asap.

If you or your kids are looking for some great books that capture the imagination, check out the Geekazoid's list of great books for all ages.   Summer is a great time to get started on a family reading project and she has a nice selection.


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