Library News

Library News

May 2022

It’s hard to believe but summer is just around the corner and with that comes the library’s Summer Reading Program!  The theme this year is “Oceans of Possibilities” and we’ve got some great programs lined up. John O’Bryant, the magician, is coming back and we’ve got a new-to-us performer scheduled: Margaret Clauder. She has a sea-faring puppet show that’s sure to entertain!  We’re also trying something new this year: we’ll be showing the IMAX documentary “Under the Sea,” narrated by Jim Carrey!  We’ll be posting more information on our Facebook page and have flyers in the library very soon, so be on the lookout for that!

We’re also changing the program up a bit this year. Last year, we started using the Reader Zone app and everyone loved it, so we’re going to use it again this year.  But after hearing some feedback from parents about kids feeling discouraged by the competition, and how visible the top readers were on the app, we’ve decided to do away with the competition part and have each reader meet a page goal based on their age.  Each participant – child and adult – who reaches the page goal will receive a reward.  By doing this, we hope that each reader will feel a sense of accomplishment and pride at reaching a goal rather than feel discouraged because they aren’t a top reader.  However, just because you reach your goal doesn’t mean we want you to quit reading!  Throughout the summer, there will be opportunities to earn raffle tickets – including reading more books past the goal – that readers can use to enter to win the grand prizes!  We’ll have a gift basket for kids and one for adults full of fun stuff!

We also had a few glitches last year on our side of things regarding the app usage, so this year we will ask participants to register in the library for the Summer Reading Program. Once you register, we’ll be able to give you the app’s access code.  Registration opens Monday, May 23rd – and is open all summer; you can join at any time – and the program itself begins Monday, June 6th.

The Summer Reading Program is meant to encourage children to continue reading throughout the summer so their literacy skills don’t fall off before the new school year, so we hope this rework will reinforce that encouragement and take away any pressure they might have felt before.  We certainly hope our patrons keep reading all summer, no matter when they reach their goal, but ultimately we just want everyone to have fun and enjoy our programs!

You can find more information on our website at www.jcml-tx.org/SRP or by calling the library at 782-2162.