Summer Reading Program

2016 Summer Reading Program for Kids

runners

It is time for another fun summer of reading! This year's theme is On Your Mark, Get Set--Read! The focus is on sports, health, and fitness--perfect for the upcoming Summer Olympics. Registration begins on May 31, so stop by either location to pick up your first Olympic card. The program will run June 6-July 29 for eight weeks of reading, and each weekly card will feature a different Olympic event. Medal in reading by reading/being read to for a minimum of two hours each week. Readers receive a prize when they complete cards 2, 4, 6, and 8, and completing an odd-numbered card earns an entry into our grand prize drawing.

The children's program is for kids ages 3 through entering grade 5. The teen program is for students in grades 6-12, and there is also an adult program for ages 18+, so the whole family can participate.

Each hour you read will help raise money for Special Olympics. Vanderloop Shoes is our matching donor, so we will donate more money the more you read. The goal is to have kids, teens, and adults reach 25,000 hours of reading this summer which will earn $600 for Special Olympics. We need to reach 15,000 hours to give $200 and 20,000 hours to give $400. Let's go for the gold and reach that top mark for the highest donation!

Book Donations for Summer

Do you have books in great condition that need a new home? The youth department is in search of "like new" children and teen books to use as prizes for our summer reading program. 

Please keep in mind that we do not accept the following:

  • Textbooks
  • Encyclopedias
  • Child Craft Encyclopedias
  • Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
  • Magazines
  • Audiobooks on Cassette
  • VHS Tapes
  • Items that are moldy, smelly, yellowed, in bad shape

Please let a staffer know when you drop off your donations that the books are for the summer reading program. You may fill out a "Waive of Ownership" form for your tax purposes if you wish. Some donated items may be placed in our book sale if the book doesn't fit the criteria for a reading prize; you will still be benefiting the library. 

Thank you for helping our young readers!

 

Summer Reading Wrap-up

Thank you to all of our readers for donating 14,462 hours of reading to charity this summer! Checks were presented to the organizations on August 6:
  • $500 to Chances Animal Rescue
  • $300 to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin
  • $200 to A Very Special Place

All three charities were very appreciative and send their thanks to our readers. Way to be heroes, Kimberly-Little Chute Library readers!

We also drew for our grand prizes. Congratulations to our winners:

KIDS
#1 Paw Patrol: Piper W.
#2 Lego City Heroes: Brady V.
#3 Bracelet Set: Evelyn V.
#4 Be A Hero Kit: Zack W.
#5 Batman & Superman: Vaughn S.
#6 Marvel Superhero Team Pack: Jedidiah K.
#7 Lego Minecraft: Nick T.
#8 Art Set: Heidi V.
#9 Frozen: Madison W.
#10 Captain America & Hulk: Alex T.
#11 New Cinderella: Maddy K.
#12 Lego Mini Figures: Charlie W.
#13 Minion Madness: Owen L.
#14 Hero Activity Pack: Aiden B.
#15 Outdoor Fun Pack: Montana M.
 
TEENS
#1 iPad Mini: Bryson R.
#2 Divergent Book Set: Michael M.
#3 iTunes: Noah K.
#4 Game Night: Samuel B.
#5 Superhero Prints: Elizabeth R.
#6 Badger Sports Park: Brooke D.
#7 Walmart Gift Card: Emma V.
 
ADULTS
#1 Game Night Done Right: Kelly L.
#2 History In Your Backyard: Melissa V.
#3 I Read a Latte: Anna D.
#4 Downton Abbey: Melissa W.
#5 Super Movie Night: Marcia F.
#6 Lawn Games Pack: Kelly D.
#7 Trout Museum: Marcie K.
 
Thank you to all who participated in Every Hero Has a Story. We hope you discovered many great reads this summer and enjoyed some of our events. Which books and events were some of your favorites? Let us know!

Summer Reading Program Coming to a Close

What a fun summer it has been celebrating heroes and being heroic readers for charity! Our program wraps up on Friday, July 31, so be sure to get your cards turned in before 5 p.m. We will be drawing our grand prize winners on Monday. Best wishes to all of our participants!

Programs during our last week include our Teen Movie Pizza Party (grades 6-12) on Monday at 1:30 p.m. in Little Chute, Tween Book Club Meeting on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in Kimberly, Great Scott the Magician on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. in Little Chute, and our Superhero Boot Camp on Friday, July 31 at 10:30 a.m. in Kimberly which will include super crafts and an obstacle course.

Even though our reading program ends on July 31, we do have a week full of events to start off August. Here is what's in store:

  • Pages in the Park at Heesakker Park on Tuesday, August 4 from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy a picture book at page stations on a path through the woods. Come anytime between 5-7 p.m. and bring a picnic supper to enjoy if you wish for a fun evening in the park.
  • Teen Movie: Insurgent (PG-13) on Wednesday, August 5 at 1:00-3:30 p.m. in Little Chute for teens and adult fans of the Divergent series.
  • Super Reader Celebration on Thursday, August 6 at 10:30 a.m. in Kimberly--we will present the checks to the three charities, have a cookie reception, and make thank you cards for our sponsors and your own personal heroes.
  • Family Movie: Home (PG) on Friday, August 7 at 10:30 a.m. in Little Chute for all ages

Thanks for being super readers and enjoying all the programming at the library this summer. Keep on reading and being a life-long learner!

SUPER Summer Reading Fun Awaits

superhero man holding stack of books

Get ready for a "super" summer at the library with our Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Program for ages three and up. This is an eight-week program designed to encourage pleasure reading and prevent summer slide--where the lack of reading during summer break causes a decrease in children's reading skills. We are here to help you defeat that evil villain Summer Slider with superhero fun! Registration opens on May 26--right after Memorial Day. Stop at either location to pick up your starting materials. The kids' program is for ages 3-entering grade 5, plus there is a teen program for grades 6-12, and one for adults. The program dates are June 8-July 31. Once you are registered, you can start recording your reading and may turn in your first card as soon as Day 1 of the program.

How does the kids' program work? Weekly cards featuring different types of heroes are available each week. Kids are asked to do six literacy activities listed on the card--at least two hours of reading is required. When six activities are completed, kids return the card to the library. Instead of earning a weekly doodad, kids will be heroes for someone else this year by donating their reading time to raise money for three local charities:

  • Make-A-Wish Foundation--grants wishes to children with a life-threatening illness, and our donation will help fund a wish for a child in the Fox Valley
  • Chances Animal Rescue--a no-kill shelter on Lake Park Road
  • A Very Special Place--an adult day service that helps empower people with physical, behavioral, intellectual, and developmental disabilities and their families to lead fuller lives

The charity with the most votes will receive $500, second place $300, and third place $200. Kids will vote each time they finish a card. 

To add to the fun, we have fifteen grand prizes for kids that we will be giving away at the end of the program. Each time a reading card is turned in, the child will earn an entry into the drawing. To make things even more fun, kids will earn a free book when they complete cards 3, 6, and 8, and they will receive a certificate if they complete all eight weeks.

We also have great family programs all summer on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. plus some Thursday events for tweens (ages 8-12), and Friday events. Check out our brochure or web calendar for more details. Friend us on Facebook for updates as well.

Add some "Pow!" "Bam!" and "Zap!" to your summer by joining the Every Hero Has a Story summer reading program! Increase your reading superpowers and defeat that sinister villain Summer Slider by reading great books from the library. Be a hero for your brain and a hero for those in need--sounds pretty "super," eh?

Children's SLP Grand Prize Winners Announced

science beakers

Congratulation to all of our summer reading grand prize winners! 

1. Science Kits--Ellie D.

2. Dinosaur Laser Pegs--Alex S.

3. LEGO kits--Streeter O.

4. Zoobmobile kit--Mercy T.

5. Robot kits--Nick T.

6. Fun Loom--Caleb M.

7. Wimpy Kid Package--Evelyn V.

8. Princess Package--Olivia V.

9. Games Galore--Connor B.

10. Art Kit--Elora W.

11. Cars Package--Gerrit W.

12. Frozen Package--Evelynn F.

13. Charlie Puppet and Books--Taya H.

14. Water Balloon Set--Ava L.

All winners have been notified. Thank you to everyone who participated in Fizz, Boom, Read! We hope you enjoyed a great summer of science and reading. We had a BLAST!

Last Week of Summer Reading

Where did the summer go?! We are in our last week of our Fizz, Boom, Read summer reading program. The last day to turn in any reading records is Friday, August 1. We will be drawing for all the grand prizes early next week and will post the winners here.

We hope you have been enjoying all the great science shows this summer. Be sure to join us Wednesday, July 30, at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. at the Little Chute Village Hall for Science Day with Mr. J. Mr. Janssen is a science teacher at Little Chute High School, and he will dazzle you with exploding paint cans, a frozen banana hammer, and other fun science demonstrations.We also have an Elephant and Piggie Party on Friday, August 1, at 10:30 a.m. in Kimberly for all our early reading fans of those two silly friends.

Thanks for reading with us this summer, and we hope to see you sometime this week!

Fizz. Boom, Read June 9-August 1

 

Come join the summer fun at the library! We have weekly prizes from the treasure chest or the book cart, plus kids who check out five or more books earn a grand prize entry. We have fourteen grand prizes to give away at the end of the program:

  1. Be a Scientist—Slime Lab and Glow-in-the Dark Lab  
  2. Be a Paleontologist—Dinosaur Laser Peg Kit
  3. LEGO Engineer—2 LEGO kits 
  4. Zoob-mania—Car Zoobmobile Kit
  5. Mr. Roboto—2 robot kits
  6. Get Crafty—fun loom, bands, and book
  7. Big Wimp—Wimpy Kid game and book
  8. Princess Palooza—3 dolls and book
  9. Games Galore—three card games
  10. Be Artsy—pad, pencil, drawing books
  11.  I <3 Cars—Cars art package and movie
  12.  Frozen Fan—movie, CD, and three books
  13. Chilling with Charlie—dog puppet and 2 books
  14. Get Soaked—water balloon filler and Tick ‘n Tater      

Prizes are on display at the Kimberly Library. Discover great reads to keep your child's brain happy and engaged all summer long. Sign up soon!

Fizz. Boom, Read Summer Reading Program

science flasks with Fizz, Boom, and Read written on them

It's time to gear up for another great summer reading program for ages 3-grade 5! This year's children's theme is centered around science--Fizz, Boom, Read. Kids earn fun prizes and free books by reading for two hours per week throughout the summer. Registration starts on May 27. The program begins June 9 and runs for eight weeks through August 1. Stop by at either location to sign up and pick up your first card.

We also have many fabulous family shows on Wednesdays at 10:30 & 1:30 p.m. plus Friday activities. Science shows, a bubble artist, live animals, and shark art are just a sample of the great programs designed for family fun and engagement. Be sure to check out the website calendar or pick up a program brochure when you register. 

When kids check out five or more books during the program, they will receive a grand prize drawing slip. We have fourteen fabulous grand prizes to give away at the end of the program, including laser pegs, Legos, a Charlie the Ranch Dog puppet, science kits, a fun loom, a Frozen Fan package, and more! Be sure to join the fun this summer and keep your brain engaged with some great reads!