Girl doing chemistry experiment. Text reads "Cook up a reading explosion!"

Summer Reading Tip #11: Make it an Event

July 25 was the last day to sign up for the 2014 Summer Reading program.  So if you missed out this year, we hope you’ll join us next year!  For those of you who are already signed up, there are just a few short days left in the program.  You can keep logging hours until […]

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A boy chooses a chapter book from a shelf

Summer Reading Tip #10: Let Your Kid Pick

There are certain books we simply cannot keep on the shelves in the summertime, because kids devour these books, which they may or may not have time to enjoy during the school year.  Occasionally I hear a well-meaning adult try to steer a kid away from one of these “frivolous” reading selections, but I’d like […]

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A selection of board games

Summer Reading Tip #9: Think Unconventional!

When we think about reading, chances are we automatically think about books.  It’s only natural to associate books and reading.  But there are lots of other great ways to trick your kids into reading encourage your kids to read.  Give a couple of these ideas a try and let us know how they worked out for your […]

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A car made from a hot dog and the cover of Go, Dog Go! by P.D. Eastman

Summer Reading Tip #8: Car Time = Book Time

Let’s Go Reading in the Car! For many families, summer means time to take trips, and whether that means a day trip to hike the trails at Clinton Lake (and earn some points for your Take a Hike Badge), a days-long road trip around the country, or anything in between, it’s easy to turn car time into quality […]

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a shelf filled with audiobooks

Summer Reading Tip #7: Try Audiobooks!

When I was a kid, I looked forward to visiting the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library to check out read-alongs, which in those days took the format of a book and a cassette tape in a clear plastic bag with a convenient handle.  As I remember, they were shelved on a wooden dowel in a little […]

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Word Cloud of Animal Names

Summer Reading Tip #6: Cheep! Moo! Roar!

Does your kid love animals?  If so, then you have an easy way to hook your kids on books.  Fiction and non-fiction books about animals abound; we have plenty to offer to your future veterinarian. The Adventuremobile brings a new animal to show-and-tell to your kids every week.  From crawdads to baby chicks to cool […]

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