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Arizona summer reading program: Adventure begins at your local library

When was the last time your family went to the library? The library is more than just a quiet place filled with books! In fact, it is a great place to keep your children engaged and entertained this summer break. 

The libraries in the state of Arizona come together in carrying out the same reading program theme throughout the state from June through August.

This year the theme is Adventure Begins at Your Library! Start dates and activities may vary, therefore you need to check out your local library website for specifics. 

How can your children benefit from the library during summer months?

  1. Reading logs. The library encourages children (and even adults!) to keep a log of what they are reading. Some libraries even have this done through the free READsquared app from Google Play or the App Store. You log in, create an account and can keep track of the minutes and books you have read. This can be fun for the entire family – you can even make it into a friendly competition! Many libraries have drawings or rewards for a certain amount of time logged.
  2. Story time. My children absolutely love story time over the summer! They sing along to some familiar songs, play instruments, see puppet shows and of course, listen to several read-aloud books. Oftentimes, these are broken up into age groups, too! Check your local library website for times.
  3. Crafts. Public libraries also host crafts and activities for children of all ages. Snag a calendar during your next visit so you can plan to attend and keep your children engaged.
  4. Teen activities. The library also keeps our older kiddos in mind. Game nights, movie nights, anime nights and even crafts geared toward this age group. These are just a few examples of what your local library may be hosting. 

Additionally, if your children do not have library cards yet, this would be a great time to have them get one for the first time and check out a book! 

About the author

Marissa Will is the mother of two, Olivia (6) and Logan (4). Writing was her first passion: she’s a freelance writer and a Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication alumna. Will is currently educating the future leaders of tomorrow: She has spent the past nine years educating third grade with a master’s degree in elementary education from Northern Arizona University-Yuma.

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