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Dig Into Reading with Broward County Library’s Children & Teen Summer Reading Program!

Get ready for good times and great reads as the 2013 Summer Reading Program for Children & Teens kicks off June 8, 2013 at 33 various Broward County Library locations. Kids can visit their library to sign up for the Summer Reading Program. For event details, please download the 2013 Summer Reading Program Guide or visit the Summer Reading Live Calendar for Children and Teens. You can also pick up the booklet at any Broward County Library location.

Summer reading is crucial when it comes to maintaining children’s reading skills, with studies showing shown that reading over the summer prevents “summer reading loss.” Children can lose up to three months of reading progress and they don’t catch up in the fall.

The Summer Reading Program, which is sponsored by the Broward Public Library Foundation and the Miami Dolphins, motivates children to read for the fun of it by offering rewards and prizes. The more you read the more chances you’ll have to win fabulous prizes including:

  • Dolphins Home Game Club Level Experience for a Family
  • VIP Day at the Miami Dolphins Training Camp/lunch provided by Papa John’s Pizza
  • Two-ticket package to Miami Seaquarium
  • Dolphin Odyssey at Miami Seaquarium
  • Parent-and-child Ticket Package for Young At Art Museum
  • Family Four-Pack of Tickets to Miami Children’s Museum
  • Family Four-Pack of Tickets to Jungle Island
  • Team-signed Jersey from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers
  • iPad 3
  • Kindle Fire
  • $250 Toy Store Gift Certificate
  • $250 Publix Gift Certificate

Which Libraries are Participating This Year?

2013 Summer Reading Program booklet cover for children and teens.Children’s Summer Reading Program Events (June 8 – August 3)

There are hundreds of fun Children’s Summer Reading Program events that’ll keep kids of all ages busy and engaged. Arts & crafts, science programs and experiments, songs, stories, book clubs, movies – there’s no better way to spend the summer!

Many libraries will also present the following featured performers/shows; for details on location, dates and times, please visit the Summer Reading Live Calendar for Children and Teens. You can also pick up the Summer Reading Program booklet at any Broward County Library location or download it here.

Featured Summer Reading Program Performances:

  • Windell Campbell: Folk & Fairy Tales. Storytelling and puppetry combine to make magic onstage!
  • The Music of Darrell House: Award-winning children’s author, poet, storyteller, singer/songwriter and musician.
  • Didgeridoo Down Under: High-energy, Australian-themed show with music, puppets, comedy and more.
  • Dig and Read with the Pirates Treasure Adventure: Laugh and learn, sail the seven seas and look for lost treasure! Magic, balloon sculpting, audience participation and comedy.
  • Geo Jane: Geo Jane and her trusty sidekick Diggy-Boo globe trot in search of long-stories of ancient civilizations and mummies!
  • Billy Joe Bob Show: Stories, songs and Dr. Seuss provide an entertaining and educational experience.
  • Digging Up Buried Treasure with Carrie Sue Ayvar: Unique bilingual (English/Spanish) storytelling featuring traditional and personal tales.
  • Salty Sue the Pirate: Hunt for excitement and stories with Salty Sue, who will share tall tales of the sea and rich pirate lore from Florida history.

Sunshine State Young Reader's Award logoSummer Reading and the Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program

The Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) is a program co-sponsored by the Office of Library Media and the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME). This reading motivation program, which was launched in 1984 for for students in grades 3-8, is designed to entice students to read high interest, contemporary literature for personal enjoyment. The end goal: Develop and nurture lifelong readers who will continue to read for information needs and personal pleasure.

Looking for great titles for young readers? Broward County Library has most of the Sunshine State Young Readers Award books in our catalogue. Click on the titles below to place a hold on your favorites.

Teens - download the latest and greatest titles free from Broward County Library! Access thousands of popular titles and bestsellers, all free! For details, visit our OverDrive page to see what’s available, get help downloading and more!

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