Well if you’re in the NoHo Arts Distict you’re a creative soul. Our North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Branch Library is no exception. They create programs for our neighborhood that are fun and encourage reading and library usage. We asked NoHo Librarian Basya Samuels about their summer Read for the Win program – or we like to call it, the summer reading challenge! It's for everyone, including adults. Make sure to follow our NoHo Library for all the fun (education is fun!) they have planned for the neighborhood!
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What is Read for the Win?
Read for the Win is the theme of our annual summer reading club. The theme is just a way to make the reading, prizes, and programming a little extra fun.
When children are away from learning in school for the summer months, they experience something dubbed ‘Summer Slide’ or ‘Summer Learning Loss’. Part of the reason for this summer slide is because children aren’t on a continuous learning schedule, and aren’t reviewing material they’ve learned over the year. Therefore, at the beginning of each school year, teachers spend a significant amount of time reviewing already learned material from the year before. In order to combat this issue, many studies have been conducted. The result is that experts agree that reading is a successful preventative measure! So, as a public service to children, the library offers a summer reading program with incentives, to get them to read and avoid the summer slide.
As incentives, we have the free weekly summer programming, as explained below. Separately, we have the sign-ups – where children are invited to see the librarians at the information desk and sign up to track their reading time and get free prizes! At sign up, children receive a LAPL book bag, and a coupon for a free lesson at Magnitude Cheer; halfway through, kids get a Shakey’s pizza certificate and lanyard or a ball for the little ones; finishing prizes include a Legoland ticket and free book. Teens get cool prizes too – they receive an LAPL shoulder bag at sign-up, a new book for the midway prize, and a USB bracelet for finishing! Plus, everyone will hand in their raffle ticket for gift cards or the Grand Prize raffle of 4 tickets to Universal and The Read for the Win began on June 12th, and will end August 13th. Kids can read and listen to books of their choosing during these weeks, and then log in their time in their booklets. Once a child or teen has read for 10 hours and completed 4 activities, they can hand in the attached raffle ticket.
In addition to keeping a reading log, the library offers special weekly events to entice families to come into the library during the summer. We also hope this encourages families to want to choose fantastic books during the summer, and then come back during the rest of year to take advantage of our collection and programming. The free weekly events for are already underway! Children’s events take place at 5:00 pm; teen events begin at either 2 or 3 pm.
There are two options – one is for children ages 0-11, and the other is for teens 11 and up.
Children’s events are open to families of all ages – even past 11. Teen events are open just for teens 11 & up.
And… announcing our new adult program! Sign up in-branch or online at http://www.lapl.org/adults/reading-challenge and receive a game board. Complete 8 out of the 15 activities – completed based on the honor system – and hand in for a free book bag and Chipotle coupon!
Can you give us a little description of each event?
TEENS @ 3p – URBAN LINE DANCING: Come learn urban line dancing with us!
KIDS @ 5p – SILLY SCIENCE SHOW: An interactive science show with ‘Professor Weisenheimer’.
TEENS @ 2p – VIDEO GAME MOVIE: Come watch a movie and popcorn with us!
KIDS @ 5p – DANCE & JUMP ROPE PARTY: Exercise while having fun – refreshments too!
TEENS @ 3p – FOOD GAME TOURNEY: Chocolate Olympics! Cloudy with a chance of Cupcakes!
KIDS @ 5p – REPTILE SHOW: Hands-on animal show – touch your favorite snakes and frogs!
TEENS @ 2p – VIDEO GAME EXTRAVAGANZA: Play video games – tourney style, with prizes!
KIDS @ 5p – LA KINGS MASCOT: Wrap-up party with Baily the LA Kings mascot.
Happy Summer Time Reading, NoHo!
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