2017 Message for Parents and Teachers from Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander, 2015 Newbery Medal winner for his book, The Crossover
What You Can Do to Help Your Child Enjoy Library Events
What can you do to help your child enjoy library events?
BEFORE THE PROGRAM
Remind your child to take a drink of water and use the restroom.
BE ON TIME AND STAY
- When your child arrives late, he/she has missed the performer's explanation about the program and may find it harder to participate.
- Allow time to see the entire performance. By leaving early, you distract the attention of the children.
- If younger children become restless, quietly step outside the room for a few minutes. This helps everyone, including the performer, concentrate on the program.
DURING THE PERFORMANCE
- Children learn how to participate by watching how adults participate. Your child will enjoy the program more if you also are actively involved.
- Children and adults are asked to put on their listening ears and turn down their volume control. Talking during the performance distracts everyone.
- Please turn off cellphones during the performance.
- Drinks, snacks and toys distract children and those around them. Save these for after the program.
AFTER THE PROGRAM
Please pick up your child on time. Children become frightened when their ride is late. We encourage parents to remain in the library during the program.
Why Is Summer Reading Important?
- Reading over the summer prevents “summer reading loss.”
- Reluctant readers can be drawn in by the activities that are offered.
- Reading over the summer helps children keep and even improve upon their skills.
- The summer reading program can generate interest in the library and in books.
- Some researchers estimate an achievement gap of 50 to 67 percent, for children who live in poverty and for children who are a different race besides white, which is a direct result of summer learning loss.
- And it being summer, the program can just be good fun and provide an opportunity for family time!