The winter reading program helps keep kids enthusiastic about reading year round and gives them a reason to continue visiting the library in the cold winter months. Kids from birth through eighth grade track their reading (or the time someone reads to them). When they’ve read for fifteen hours, they come back to the library for their prize: a paperback book they pick out and keep. Also, this year we’ll raffle off the monkeys decorating our reference desk. It’s simple, not too challenging for most kids, and fun. Our program runs from December 1-January 31.
Pre-readers have the option to do a special program just for them (parents can choose which program they’d rather do). They pick up an activity sheet and get a prize (a board book or paperback book) when they’ve done six or more early literacy skill-building activities. You can see our Little Monkeys Reading Log here. This is a great alternative for parents of young children (they can really spend as much or as little time as they want on it) and it gives them ideas for literacy promoting activities they can do together.