Children who don’t read over the summer experience summer reading loss. According to New York State Library, summer reading prevents the “summer slide” and increases the chance of more improved reading skills that will set the child up to start off the upcoming school year with more confidence.
I have noticed in our online Arkansas community of Moms that the topic of books and reading to their children is a common thread. I thought I would help some of you out by finding some summer reading programs near you. My children have loved being involved with them over the years and I believe yours will, too. Libraries are a great place to foster the love of reading.
Here is a round-up of great summer reading programs in Arkansas. Enjoy!
Photo credit: Central Arkansas Library Systems
- CALS Summer Reading Club – This club has great prizes that are worth extra trips to the library this summer. A quick glance to the list of prizes show kids can earn a free passes to an Arkansas Travelers game, Altitude Trampoline Park and more. Who wouldn’t want a $10 gift card to Zoe’s Kitchen? Your kids will thank you for signing them up for this Central Arkansas summer reading club. Don’t worry, you don’t have to live in the center of the state to participate. All kids are welcomed! Hurry up and get down to your nearest CALS location for registration which started May 31 and is ongoing through out the summer..
- Summer Reading @ Fayetteville Public Library – Oh my goodness! The Fayetteville Public Library has made it easy for you to sign up online. There is room for people of all ages. This is a family friendly club. The incentive to read and continue to read is enforced by their awesome prize offering. I promise you it does not disappoint. There are passes to Silver Dollar City at stake. You can win a trip to the Tulsa Zoo, a weekend stay at The Marriot, laser tag passes to Modern Mission and their list goes on. If you read enough to earn prizes from this summer reading club, its very possible that you could put all the prizes together and create a complete vacation.
- Crossett Public Library Reading Program – My hometown of Crossett has upgraded their library since I was a young teen lost in the aisles between the Maya Angelou books and The Babysitters Club series. They have made their sign up process easy for anyone with an internet connection. Easily, sign up online. They offer weekly prizes for participating and grand prizes for top readers who achieved their reading goals at the end of the program. Sign up now so you won’t miss the first day. The program is June 21 – July 26, every Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am.
- Summer Reading Club @ Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library – They guarantee weekly prizes and all you have to do is sign up. You will be placed in the drawing at their weekly events. If you finish the program successfully, then you will be entered into a grand prize drawing which I’ve been told is an awesome goody basket filled with community treats and prizes. Registration begins on June 6 and the program starts June 13th. Weekly programs consist of library scavenger hunts, story time and arts and crafts.
- Summer Reading at the Barton Library – EL Dorado, Arkansas has several events for their summer reading program for kids. This one looks fun! Registration starts on June 6th with the first activity starting on June 14th. Events are for ages baby to fourth grade. Events range from archery, fishing, Zumba, theatre and so much more. Your child will be exposed to many activities that are free, entertaining and educational. You must go into the library to register which starts on June 6th and each event and its details can be found on the the Barton Library Teen Area Facebook event page.
- On Your Mark, Get Set…READ!: Summer Reading Program for Kids @ Fort Smith Public Library – Children will win “small rewards such as book bags, pencils, soccer kickbags, sports visors, food coupons, and the opportunity to get their name in a book will be given to each child for reaching specific goals.” You’ll need to call the Main Library at (479)783-0229 to learn about registration times. Make sure specify what age group you are inquiring about. Find out more on their site where events are listed.
If you know of more summer reading programs that you have had a great experience with in the past, please let the rest of us know in the comments section below. Here’s to a great summer of reading with your kids!