The Fun Rolls on with 2013 Summer Reading Program
As the height of summer hits us (complete with hair-raising humidity and daily downpours), it’s time to take refuge from the heat and seek indoor summer fun.
Broward County Libraries Summer Reading Program, which runs until August 8, offers good times and great reads for all ages. The Summer Reading Program offers special events and shows while offering children incentives and rewards to read.
Upcoming Highlighted Summer Reading Program Finale Events for Kids and Teens
- African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
August 3 – “It’s a Family Affair!” End-of-summer finale with games, crafts, S.T.E.M. Academy exhibits, prizes and barbeque for the whole family, all ages, outdoor event, 12 noon to 2 p.m. Please call 954-357-6209 for free ticket. Space is limited.
- Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
July 25 – Fun Finale! End of the Summer Reading Program, 2 to 3 p.m. Call 954-357-7670 for information.
- Hollywood Library
July 25 – Spideyman Summer Show: Meet your favorite cartoon character (and get a photo taken), sing along and play interactive games, ages 3-5, 1 to 2 p.m.
- Lauderdale Lakes Library/Educational and Cultural Center
July 31 – Summer Grand Finale with Darrell House! Children’s entertainer sings, tells stories and more. Prizes and fun for all ages, 2 to 3 p.m.
- Main Library
July 31 – Shark Attack Teen Celebration: Bite into a good time! 4 to 5:45 p.m., Main Library
- Margate Catharine Young Library
August 3 – End of the Summer Party! Call 954-357-7000 for details.
- North Lauderdale Saraniero Library
August 3 – Summer Grand Finale Performance Featuring Hip-Hop, Lyrical and Cheer Dance Recital with Miss Raquel, 2 to 3 p.m.
- Northwest Branch Library
August 3 – Summer Reading Program Finale: A Friendship Adventure with Ronald McDonald, refreshments and prizes, 2 p.m.
- Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
August 3 – Super Saturday Summer Reading Finale: Rock and Roll Interactive Dance Show from Fantasy Theatre, all ages, 2 to 3 p.m., 1st floor Program Room #1017
- Pembroke Pines Library
August 3 – Summer Grand Finale with Darrell House! Children’s entertainer sings, tells stories and more, all ages, 1 to 2 p.m.
- Riverland Library
August 3 – Summer Grand Finale with Darrell House! Children’s entertainer sings, tells stories and more, all ages, 2 to 2:30 p.m.
- Southwest Regional Library
August 3 – Summer Finale with the Slapstick Sillies Vaudeville Show and Olde Tyme Movie Matinee, all ages, 2 to 4 p.m.
- West Regional Library
August 3 – Summer Finale: Puppet show, prizes, book giveaway and lots of fun, all ages, 2 to 3 p.m.
- Young at Art Museum/Broward County Library
August 3 - Summer Beach Party with crafts and activities. Ages 5 and up, 1 p.m. Please call 954-357-8585. Pre-registration begins 7/20.
Upcoming Highlighted Summer Reading Program Finale Events for Adults
Summer finale fun isn’t just for kids. Here’s what’s happening for grown-ups:
Summer Means Free Food and Fun at BCL!
From now through August 16, participating Broward County Libraries Division locations, in conjunction with Sisters for Abundant Living, will provide free lunch and afternoon snacks for children ages 18 and under. The meals, which are made possible by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Summer BreakSpot program, meet nutritional United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines. All lunches and snacks will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The following Broward County Library locations will be serving free meals to children this summer:
For more information about free summer meals at Broward County Library locations, please contact Nancy Murray, Youth Services Administrator, 954-357-7406, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read Aloud This Summer and All Year Long: Florida Center for the Book Partners with Read Aloud 15 MINUTES Campaign
Join Read Aloud 15 MINUTES, a drive to encourage parents to spend 15 minutes each day reading aloud to their child. Sponsored by the American Library Association, the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, Reach Out & Read and United Way, Read Aloud 15 MINUTES raises awareness of the importance of reading aloud. Read Aloud 15 MINUTES touts the extensive benefits of reading aloud to children including:
- Encourages brain development in children during critical years of birth to three.
- Increases child’s vocabulary and introduces new words and concepts.
- Fosters a love of reading and creates bonding time between parents and children
- Invaluable for building literacy skills that are vital to an individual’s success.
New Library Catalog Feature Added!
With many Broward County Libraries’ programs and initiatives based on themes such as Hispanic Heritage Month, Back to School, National Dance Day and American Heritage Month, we’ve updated our catalog to make it easier to find books on those subjects. Visit Broward County Library’s visual catalog and click on the categories located under the “Search” box to locate books about that subject.