Greenwich Library hosts Summer Reading kickoff events

The theme of this year’s Summer Reading Program at Greenwich Library is “Every Hero has a Story.” Get ready to celebrate mythical heros, folk heros, historical heros (both young and old) and the local hero who lives down the street. Greenwich Library invites you to join the fun of summer reading and keep children reading during summer vacation so that valuable reading skills won’t be lost.

“Studies have shown that children who continue to read during the summer months perform significantly better than those who do not,” said Children’s Librarian Deirdre Sullivan.  “Children who are already reading increase their reading fluency and comprehension; those who are just starting to read maintain their early achievements and skills.”

All children who are reading independently are welcome to join the Summer Reading Program, while babies, toddlers and preschool children may participate in the Read-to-Me Club. Using “Summer Reader” online, children can track their reading using the online log, find out about special events, and earn prizes and chances to win one of four Grand Prizes. This online feature makes it easy to keep up with summer reading wherever you are, all summer long.

Registration for the Summer Reading Program for all three Library locations begins Monday, June 15 and continues through Aug. 8. Register in person or online at www.greenwichlibrary.org/children.

This year’s kickoff events at the Main Library, Cos Cob and Byram branches offer a variety of Summer Reading themed educational entertainment for all ages.

Summer Reading Kickoff at the Main Library

On Saturday, June 20 at 11 a.m., family entertainer Scott Jameson will magically motivate children to read. This extraordinary magician and juggler will have you laughing out loud and perched at the edge of your Cole Auditorium seat. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and the audience will travel through time. Don’t miss it! Come to the show and register for Summer Reading Club. Raffles and refreshments will follow the performance. No tickets required. All ages welcome. For more information call 203-622-7940.

Summer Reading Kickoff at Byram Shubert Library

At Byram Shubert Library on Tuesday, June 16, families arrive at 2:30 pm to register for Summer Reading, then at 3:30 p.m. Jason from Green Meadows Farms will present “Every Animal has a Hero”. Meet live animals such as Stickers the tree frog & Tickles the hedgehog. Pet some furry, feathered and reptilian friends. For more information call 203-531-0426.

Summer Reading Kickoff at Cos Cob Library

On Thursday, June 18 from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Eric Girardi of Bending Gravity will amaze the audience with yo-yo choreography, spinning glow sticks, juggling balls, and more. Elementary school aged children, pre-teens, and teens are invited to sign up for summer reading, as well as preschoolers who may participate with an adult or older child as guide. There will be a cool puzzle cube and bag for each child who registers and fun activities all summer. For more information, call 203-622-6883.

For a complete list of Summer Reading Program events at all locations, visit www.greenwichlibrary.org. For Main Library information, contact Children’s Librarian Deirdre Sullivan at [email protected] or call 203-622-7940.

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