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Few people have more experience getting kids excited about reading than librarians who staff school and local libraries. So we asked a few to share what summer reading programs really work and what to do to make sure your kid doesn't take a vacation from reading.

  • Full of summer reading and fun

 “Visit your local public library because there is so much going on and the enthusiasm of the librarians is infectious. So many libraries do wonderful summer reading programs for all ages. We actually have a program called ‘Teens & Tots’ where older kids read to younger kids — it's great to make that connection between kids, and both generations really enjoy it. We also hold a lot of activities at night, like story hours, so parents can come after work with their children — and we encourage parents to volunteer, which really shows the kids that reading is important to adults as well.”
—Anita LaSpina, Librarian, Rockville Center, New York

  • Show children that reading is important to you 

                                  Model, model, model. It cannot be emphasized enough that children who observe their parents reading become readers themselves. Make sure there are plenty of reading materials scattered throughout the house — not just novels, but magazines and newspapers as well.”
—Jennifer Hubert Swan, Librarian at the Little Red School House/Elisabeth Irwin High School, New York, New York

  •  Make summer Reading a Way to Connect

Some children respond better when they know other children are going to read and respond to a book, which is why book discussion groups are great. I also think parents should be required to read what their children read at all ages so they can really connect with their child and be able to answer questions and instigate discussion. This is one of the reasons parent/child book groups are so great.”
—John Peters, Central Children's Room, The New York Public Library

  •  Set Reading Times and Find the Fun in Books

The number-one golden rule is to make time to read over the summer — parents should designate an hour a day just for books, or set aside a time once a week to go to the library. There's so much going on in the summer, so much temptation to be outside, that it's important to schedule time just for reading. Have kids keep a reading journal — even if it's just the book titles. Once the journal gets filled up, there's a real sense of accomplishment that's very rewarding.”
—Dorie Freebury, Librarian, Northville, Michigan

  •  Take Reading on the Road

When preparing for family road trips, stock up on audio books from your library. Let your children choose some stories to listen to in the car. Have family members share favorite ghost stories and/or adventure stories around the campfire at picnics and on camping trips.”

—The American Library Association (from the ALA, and TM ® & © 2014 Scholastic Inc. All Rights Reserved)



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Reading is one of the most important things a child can do in summer to keep his skills sharp for the next school year

Adults can help by making sure children have lots of access to books and by engaging with what their children are reading. Here are some ideas from the National Summer Learning Association and Sylvan Learning:

READ: Spark Your Child’s Imagination

There's no better place to turn those pages than under a tree or on the beach, and kids and parents alike know

that reading is one of the things that sets summer apart. Taking the reading adventure beyond the classroom is

a great way to find new friends!

ENRICH: Your Child’s Reading Experience

Become a reading role model. When you spend time reading books on the beach or even directions for how to

put together the grill this summer, you demonstrate for your child that reading is both fun and useful.

Set a reading routine. Depending on your family’s schedule, reading time might be in the morning, afternoon or

before bed. Whatever time you choose, stick to it, but also remember that flexibility around trips and special

family events is okay. Let your child make his reading choices. In the summer, let kids choose the age

-appropriate books they want to read.

Now’s a good time to encourage reading about topics they don’t get a chance to study during the school

year, to explore new interests, to discover new talents, or to delve into old favorites.

Encourage your child to savor the book he’s reading: Don't race through a book—take time to enjoy it. Try to

read just a little bit each day and appreciate the finer points of a book.

ACHIEVE: A Rewarding Family Experience Read as a family.

It’s so easy to schedule family reading night. Take a half-hour –or longer if you want –and everyone brings a favorite book.

Read favorite parts aloud. Serve chocolate chip cookies. Enjoy one another’s company.

Set goals, reward effort. Reward reading with more reading. Stop by the library or bookstore for the next book

in your child’s favorite series, or let your child shop for it online.

Read the book. Watch the movie.

Few things make kids feel more “superior” than comparing and contrasting a

movie to the book it’s based upon. “That’s not the way it was in the book!”

Let them explain the differences, talk about why a director made those changes, and then talk about which version they preferred.

DISCOVER: The Joy of Reading Visit the library This is already a school-year routine, but don’t forget to keep it up during the summer.

When kids have their own library card—just as you do—and use it regularly, they quickly see that reading plays an important role

in their family and in their lives. Take books along on outings. Pack books in your beach bag or picnic basket, and bring a stack on long car You and your child can enjoy books together anywhere you go this summer








The Tomorrow Center respects and reveres individuality while reaching towards each child’s unique potential. Our purpose is to build a strong academic and social foundation for all students enabling them to communicate and contribute effectively and responsible within their community. We have several new programs implemented: Fast Math, Read 180,  Scholastics Math, After school Enrichment, family literature nights, and Study Island. Each program is designed to assist and increase student learning.