THE SUMMER READING PROGRAM AT THE PORTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
BEGINS ON MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017
The Portland Public Library and the Portland Public Schools are excited to announce a joint summer reading program for 2017, I ♥Reading in Portland: Pedal Through the Pages. Children throughout the community are encouraged to read about and explore Portland this summer!
The program will run for 8 weeks and sign up at the Portland Public Library begins the week of June 18. Participants will be given a reading log and adventure map. The goal is to read or listen to at least 8 books and to complete at least 8 activities on the adventure map. The adventure map contains suggestions for reading as well as outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family. There will be a variety of educational and entertaining programs at different Portland Public Library locations!
Children who visit the Library during sign-up will also receive a ticket voucher to a Portland Sea Dogs game! Those children who reach the reading goal and return their logs to the Library will receive a certificate, a book, a coupon from The Gelato Fiasco and a free Kids’ Meal from Subway. They will also have the chance to win a bicycle thanks to the generosity of Portland’s Triangle Lodge and the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Bikes for Books program.
This year there will also be a component to our program for very young children and their parents/caregivers, Stroll ThroughSummer Reading. It includes a game-board of early literacy activities to complete. They include talking,singing, reading, writing, and playing – as they are the five simple and powerful ways you can help your child get ready to read!
Studies have shown that children who do not read over the summer months lose reading skills, while those who do read have their skills hold steady or even improve. Improvement helps put students in a better place to achieve academically when the school year begins. Studies also show that family participation in literacy activities greatly benefits children’s learning. Make it your aim to read this summer.
Read often – Read all summer – Read together as a family
Portland Public Library’s early literacy initiative Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library ® is a project of the Association for Library Service to Children and the Public Library Association (divisions of the American Library Association.) This parent education initiative stresses that early literacy begins with the primary adult in a child’s life. Developing early literacy skills has a long-term impact on children’s reading achievement and academic success.
Early literacy is what children understand about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. The building blocks of language and literacy form in the first three years of a child’s life. Early childhood experiences impact how a child’s brain will develop. Early literacy skills include:
Being interested in and enjoying books
Knowing the names of things, noticing letters and words, knowing how to handle a book, knowing how to follow words on a page
Being able to describe things and events and tell a story
Knowing that letters have names and sound different from each other
Hearing and playing with the smaller sounds in words
Reading, playing, talking, singing, and writing are the five practices that stimulate the growth of a child’s brain and make the connections that will become the foundation for reading.
The Riverton Knitting Group has been meeting since 2012 to create, collaborate and converse. The group ranges from experienced, long-time knitters to first-time fiber enthusiasts. In addition to working on their own projects, members of the group knit hats, mittens and scarves to donate to local charities every December.
The group is always open to like-minded “yarnies” who are looking to share their love for the craft. You can find more information on the Riverton Knitting Group page.
PPL’s dedicated staff knitters are in tune with the local fiber scene and are always looking for new inspiration. One of their favorite sources is the PPL collection!