Dig into summer reading at library

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Win lots of prizes when you “Dig into Reading” this summer at the Charleston County Library. PHOTO PROVIDED

Grab your shovels, because it’s time for kids ages 6-11 to “Dig Into Summer Reading” by coming to the library, picking up a reading log and then digging into summer fun.

Children who read 10 books will receive prizes:

Official S.C. Summer Reading Medal;

Summer Reading Certificate of Participation;

Coupon for Sweet CeCe’s free yogurt treat;

A “Celebrate Summer Reading with the RiverDogs” game ticket (for Aug. 11);

Entry in the library branch’s Grand Prize Drawing. The Grand Prize Winner from Mount Pleasant Regional will receive an amazing package with prizes from our generous sponsors AND a chance to walk the Field of Dreams at the “Celebrate Summer Reading with the RiverDogs” game on Aug. 11.

Kids will also have many opportunities to dig into weekly prizes – with a chance to win every time they visit the Mount Pleasant Regional Library to check out books or attend a library program. Weekly prizes include karate lessons, a visit to the Children’s Museum, a Charleston Battery Soccer Game, a trip to the Carolina Ice Palace and many more.

Is your child a RiverDogs fan? He or she can enter to dig into Monthly RiverDogs Bonus Prizes. In June, kids can enter to win a side-by-side with play-by-play announcer Sean Houston during a RiverDogs game. In July, they can enter to win a visit to “The Joe” for a behind-the-scenes tour.

Why is summer reading important for children?

1) To maintain the reading skills acquired during the school year and avoid summer learning loss. When reading skills decline over the summer, kids have a harder time keeping up with their classmates.

2) To encourage children to read as a form of recreation. Students who read for pleasure tend to outperform students who do not. Library summer reading programs encourage kids to just go ahead and read - about whatever interests them - at whatever reading level they are comfortable with.

Do you have a Summer Reading Program for babies?

Yes we do. And it’s never too early to introduce babies and toddlers to the library. “Dig Into Reading for Babies,” a program designed for pre-readers, helps build early literacy skills with simple, fun activities that parents and children do together. Pick up a form, complete the tasks and turn it in for a free board book. Upon completion, babies’ grown-ups will be entered into a drawing for a Dig Into Reading Tote Bag to carry those board books when visiting the library.

Upcoming Library Programs:

Clean Eating for the Family (ages 6 and up)

Saturday, May 25 at 11 a.m.

Learn how to read labels, shop on a budget and prepare healthy meals the entire family will enjoy. Presented by Generation Healthy Kids.

Lego Club (ages 4 and up)

Saturday, May 25 from 2-3 p.m.

We supply the Legos, and you create the masterpiece.

Do It Yourself Arts and Crafts with Ms. Grace (all ages)

Saturday, June 1 at 1:30 p.m.

Being crafty and creative is easier than you think.

Monday Matinée: “Hotel Transylvania” (all ages)

Monday, June 3 at 4 p.m.

Dracula, who operates a high-end resort far away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teenage daughter. Rated PG; 91 minutes.

Mount Pleasant Reel Club: A book/movie discussion group (adults)

Wednesday, June 5 at 2 p.m.

Read the book, watch the movie with us and participate in a lively discussion. Book: “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen. Movie: “Sense and Sensibility” starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman. Wealthy Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. Rated PG; 136 minutes.

Porkchop Productions: The Three Goats Gruff (ages 6-11)

Thursday, June 6 at 4 p.m.

Friday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m.

Enjoy a summer reading kickoff event featuring live theater with audience participation. Tickets available 30 minutes before the program.

Monday Book Discussion (adults)

Monday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m.

“The Age of Miracles” by Karen Thompson Walker

If you’d like to receive a monthly email with the Mount Pleasant Regional Library’s program calendar, please email MtpReference@ccpl.org.

Jen McQueen is children’s services manager at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road. She can help your kids “Dig Into Reading” at mcqueenj@ccpl.org or 849-6161.

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