Summer Reading Tip #2: Link it to Another Fun Activity

School just ended and Summer Reading has begun.  Have your kids started keeping track of their time spent reading?  Just twelve short hours (which works out to just over 10 minutes per day) will earn your kid or teen a treasure trove of prizes, a free book, and an entry into the grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire HD.

I’m a mom, too, and I realize that finding the time to read in the middle of all the other summer awesomeness going on can be a challenge.  Sometimes it’s easier to get kids reading when you connect it to another fun summer activity.  After seeing Dennis Rogers at a Blockbuster Wednesday, perhaps you and your kids will want to learn more about Navajo culture.  Going to the swimming pool?  Pick up a few books about swimming.  Going camping?  Try a stargazing book.   The library wants to help make it easier for you to make those connections between fun and learning!

Introducing (drumroll please). . . the Summer Reading Bonus Level!

link to bonus level website

Teams of librarians have searched through all the information about the fun stuff going on in our community this summer to bring you lists of free and low-cost things to do, books to read, and trivia questions to explore.  You can earn points for each hour you read, question set you answer, and activity you do.  If competition is your thing, aim to get your family on the community leaderboard!

Want to get your kids outdoors?  Explore the trails with the Take a Hike badge.

Think it’s time for your kids to learn some of those important life skills they may not learn in school?  Try the Home Economics badge.

Parent to a candy aficionado?  Lure them in to some learning with Something Sweet:  A Celebration of Candy.

There’s something for everyone.  Visit the Bonus Level Badge Game to learn about all 15 fun badges, start earning digital bling, and make plans for your best summer yet!

To learn more about the Bonus Level Badge Game, listen to Episode 57 of HUSH, a podcast from your library.

Natalie Moreland

Natalie is a Kids Librarian with a background in teaching. She delights in spreading bookjoy to people of all ages. She also takes interest in cycling, creating art, social justice, raising small livestock, and making music.