Greenwich Library kickoff events for summer reading program

Greenwich Library’s summer reading program will follow the theme “Fizz, Boom, READ!” this year, encouraging children to explore science, music and more and things are kicking off this week.

The library encourages summer reading to help children retain reading skills and improve their performance.

“Studies have shown that children who continue to read during the summer months perform significantly better than those who do not,” children’s librarian Alice Sherwood said. “Children who are already reading increase their reading fluency and comprehension; those who are just starting to read do not lose the early achievements they have made during the school year.”

Children who are reading independently can track their progress using the Summer Reader program online and also find out about special library events and milestone prizes. Children in preschool or younger can participate in the Read-to-Me Club during the summer.

Registration began at all library locations June 16, and will continue through Aug. 1. Participants can also register online at

To kick off the summer reading program, a special program hosted by Science Tellers will teach Cos Cob library visitors about fire and ice, today, June 19. During a special storytelling session using flash paper, exploding bottles, “cool” dry ice and more, the Science Tellers will tell a tale of dragons and dreams. Children and teens can register for the summer reading program during the event, and receive a special gift.

For more information, contact the Cos Cob Library at 203-622-6883.

The main library will host family entertainer Bryan Flint of Showtime Productions June 21 at 2 p.m. During “The Magic of Reading” program, young readers will be treated to a magic show featuring the levitation of an audience member, and a re-creation of Houdini’s most famous illusion, “metamorphosis.” The event will also include door prizes and refreshment; for more information call 203-622-7940.

A complete list of Summer Reading Program event is available at For main library information, contact children’s librarian Alice Sherwood at [email protected]

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