Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Look What's Cookin'

This year’s summer reading theme is “Look What’s Cookin’ at your library.” It’s based on a wonderful children’s book by Debra Frasier entitled, A Birthday Cake is no Ordinary Cake. East Central Regional Library along with other Minnesota libraries have ordered reading records, bookmarks, stickers and other items with these colorful graphics for motivational prizes.
The Mille Lacs Lake program begins on Thursday, June 5 at 10:00 am. when Magician Matt Dunn dazzles with reading magic. After the show and throughout June and July, children can sign up for the reading program and get a free book bag and bookmark.
Prizes are earned by reading, either keeping track by the book or by the hour. It makes sense for older kids who read longer books to keep track of their time. Reading records are kept at the library. Check out the board at the library to see all the wonderful prizes.
Activities are also part of the fun. Two activity days have been scheduled—June 17 and July 8th both from 10:00 to 12 am. We’ll read books, do activities and have a snack. Come to the July 8th activity and we’ll make a cake with books that we can march behind in the Isle Days Parade.
Some of the activities can be done anytime you visit the library, like the Post-It Note Scavenger Hunt in June and Where’s the Chef? contest in July.
The closing program, as last year is sponsored by the Mille Lacs Driftskippers Snowmobile Club. Come and see Diane Gasch and her amazing gigantic puppets to help celebrate everyone’s reading accomplishments.
Remember that children who read over the summer actually show gains in reading skill over their classmates who do not. Help make sure that your child keeps their reading skills sharp.

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