Dig Into Reading: Library’s Summer Reading Program

Kids and teens can read for fun during the Fairfax County Public Library’s 2013 Summer Reading Program. Held in cooperation with Fairfax County Public Schools, “Dig Into Reading,” the library’s Summer Reading Program, runs June 18-Aug. 31 and invites students from preschool to high school to keep reading during the summer. To participate, register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library or visit a branch beginning June 18.

Preschoolers through sixth graders read 15 books (kids can have books read to them), and teens in grades 7-12 read eight books. Kids can read any books they choose; those who want a list of reading suggestions can find them on the library’s website or pick up lists of suggested books at a branch. Kids and teens can even read free e-books available through the library on Nooks, Kindles, iPads and other devices.

Those who finish reading the required number of books by August 31 will receive a coupon book with a variety of free prizes and discounts. The coupons feature items and activities such as ice cream, pizza, craft supplies, bowling and laser tag as well as admission to some of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s RECenters and nature centers. More than 25 businesses and organizations have donated over $4.5 million worth of coupons for these free and reduced priced items to reward Fairfax County students for reading during the summer.

The library also offers an array of events to entertain and educate children at library branches all summer long. Among this year’s offerings are Groovy Nate and his puppets, the Children’s Science Center, the Fabulous Five Senses Dinosaur Show, Sunnyland Music with Slim Harrison, Peter McCory and his One-Man Band, Los Quetzales Mexican music and dance, vocal sound impressionist and noise-making kids’ comedian Charlie Williams, Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrès and much more. Special events for teens include mentalist Erik Dobell and a visit from Isaac Marion, the author of Warm Bodies.

All events and activities are free, but often fill up quickly; registration is required. Please sign up online or at a branch beginning two weeks before an event. Ask for signed interpretation or assistive listening devices when you call (TTY users can call 703-324-8365).

The Summer Reading Program is funded through generous donations including $42,500 from the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library for family and school age programming at all libraries plus other special prizes; $17,000 from the Fairfax Library Foundationto pay for the printing of the coupon book, extra copies of books on our summer reading lists and the sponsorship of an event at each branch; and $7,500 from the Friends of the Kings Park Library for teen programming at all branches plus special prizes.

Many studies have found that reading for pleasure during the summer months helps students keep up skills and ensures later success in high school, college and beyond.

Still have questions about the Summer Reading Program? Want to know more about the great events library staff has planned for this year? Join the library’s programming coordinator online at 10 a.m. June 7 for an AskFairfax! chat about the Summer Reading Program. He will answer questions about performers, signing up online, the number of books students need to read in order to earn the valuable coupon book and so much more. Visit this Ask Fairfax! page for details and to submit a question.

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-8380, TTY 703-324-8365.

Fairfax County Public Library
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 324
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Media Contact: Mary Mulrenan
703-324-8319, TTY 703-324-8365, Fax 703-324-3180
May 29, 2013, 31-13


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