Summer Reading at North Plains Public Library!
Every year, the North Plains Public Library hosts a Summer Reading Program, and all children, teenagers, and adults are welcome to join!
Testing shows that kids who read for pleasure in the summer do better and forget less when they go back to school. And it’s not just in reading. Kids who don’t read over the summer can slide backward in all subject areas. This can mean a big loss in their literacy growth compared to those who do continue learning all year long. This means the summer months and other breaks from school offer great opportunities for families and caregivers to help improve reading and writing.
The 2013 Summer Reading Program theme for the Early Literacy (pre-reader) Program and Children’s Program is “Dig Into Reading”. For teens the theme is “Beneath the Surface” and for adults the theme is “Groundbreaking Reads”. There will be hundreds of free programs, activities and prizes for all levels of participants.
Summer Reading Program activities include family storytimes, special programs and performers, and events and programs just for teens. All babies, toddlers, kids, and teens who register for Summer Reading will be given a reading log to record what they read (or what is read to them, for little ones) during the summer.
Visit your library and sign-up June 1. The library will also have a Summer Reading Program information table at the annual North Plains Ice Cream Social held at the Jessie Mays Community Center on Tuesday, June 4 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Join us all summer long on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. at the Jessie Mays Community Hall for fun programs and activities.
Important Dates for North Plains’ Summer Reading 2013:
June 1 – July 15 – Summer Reading Program Sign-up
June 26 – Imagination Yoga – 1 p.m. – Jessie Mays Community Center – Our energetic yoga facilitator will take the children on grand adventures as they imagine Yoga in the Castle, in the Jungle, in Outer Space, with the Dinosaurs, and more! This program is geared towards 2 -12 year olds.
July 3 – Digging on Mars – 1 p.m. – Jessie Mays Community Center – Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum representatives will teach a hands-on lesson about Mars with a focus on aviation- and space-related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. . All ages are welcome to attend.
July 10 – Rock N’ Roll Kindy with Mo Philips – 1 p.m. – Jessie Mays Community Center – This super interactive rock ‘n’ roll show is all about creating music and having a good time. All ages are welcome to attend.
July 17 – Dragon Theater Puppets Presents “I Dig Dinosaurs.” – 1 p.m. - Jessie Mays Community Center – Join explorer, archaeologist, and host Shawnry Connery as he builds a time machine and travels through time with an exciting cast of characters to learn about the amazing world of the dinosaurs. All ages are welcome to attend.
July 24 – A Fool’s Tale with Buster’s Red Nose Revue – 1 p.m. – Jessie Mays Community Center – Join Buster in his misadventures through the wondrously wacky world of the clown. His physical comedy will leave your face cracked up and belly splitting! All ages are welcome to attend.
July 31 – Smarty Pants Game Show. Eating well…saving energy…bike safety – 1 p.m. – Jessie Mays Community Center – It doesn’t exactly sound like summer vacation, but kids all over are laughing, learning, and earning the title “Smarty Pants,” with this exciting traveling game show from the Educational Theatre Program. All ages are welcome to attend.
August 7 – Washington County Mobile Museum – 1 p.m. – Jessie Mays Community Center – Come learn all about the first people of Washington County, the Atfalati-Kalapuya. Find out about what they wore, what they ate, and where they lived. All ages are welcome to attend.
August 14 – Revolutionary Revue – 1 p.m. – Jessie Mays Community Center – Join us for a musical journey through the history of the United States, produced and directed by Kevin Muir, who brought us the mathematical musical adventure, “Alice In Mathland!” All ages are welcome to attend.
August 21 – Reptile Man and SRP Party – 1 p.m. – Jessie Mays Community Center – Come celebrate the closing of the Summer Reading Program with the Reptile Man. Meet snakes, turtles, lizards and more! You don’t want to miss this program and party!! All ages are welcome to attend.
August 31 – Summer Reading Program Ends – Last day to hand in Summer Reading log and collect prizes!
Teen Summer Reading Activities
For those entering 6th – 12th grades we have two special programs scheduled. Group size must be limited to first 30 teens who show up. Both events are at the Jessie Mays Community Hall.
July 23 – Archery at 4 p.m. Come learn how to shoot a bow and arrow! All skill levels are welcome!
August 20 – Hands on Henna at 6 p.m. Learn all about Henna and get your very own Henna tattoo!
Adults Special Event
Adults may also join your Washington County friends and neighbors for an evening with Cheryl Strayed, best-selling author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Wild won the 2013 Oregon Book Awards’ Readers Choice Award. Strayed will appear on Wednesday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Southridge High School Auditorium. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.