Books and bubbles
Library staff joins LO youngsters in Rossman Park for a celebration of summer reading
For the more than 400 youngsters who completed the Lake Oswego Public Librarys summer reading program, last weeks gathering in Rossman Park was a time to celebrate.
There were games and giveaways, a scavenger hunt, a performance by a touring group of border collies and lots and lots of bubbles.
It doesnt get any better than bubbles in the park, says Andrea Milano, the librarys director of youth services, who thought the childrens summer accomplishments were worthy of a party. Altogether, these kids accumulated 190,750
minutes of reading over 132 days.
The purpose of the librarys summer reading program is to prevent a summer slide, when kids literacy skills fall off during their months away from school. For 8-year-old Claire, that meant reading her first Nancy Drew book (and a vow to read the dozens of other titles in the series over the coming years).
Three-year-old Gavin didnt actually read anything, but his parents read to him and that was good enough to earn a balloon sword that he waved with great enthusiasm.
Were reaching out to pre-readers, Milano says, repeating a goal to create readers at the earliest possible age that shes had since coming to Lake Oswego. Parents can even bring babies to the library for fun activities associated with reading, and theres an online blog, too at ci.oswego.or.us/eln with suggestions for preschoolers and toddlers and a list of regularly scheduled storytimes.
Were giving them the motivation to be readers, Milano says.
At last weeks end-of-summer party, that motivation included free books, Milano says, and the kids think its fantastic. The most popular titles at the party included Smile, by Raina Telgemeier; youth sports books by Mike Lupica; and what may be the most irresistible title in literature, Surrounded by Sharks, by Michael Northrup.
It was the librarys second summer reading party, and Milano says that we learned a few things from last year. We have more diversity of games this time, and the park is a lot better place to hold a scavenger hunt than the library.
Now Milano wants younger readers to keep up the good work by participating in other programs offered by the library. To find out more, go to ci.oswego.or.us/library.
The summer reading program and party were made possible by a grant from the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library.