Summer Reading Programs – July 2012 Update

July 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm (Events) (, , , , , , , , )

Feed Your Brain display at Half Price Books in Humble

I’m proud to say that my little kiddo sat through all of her 500 minutes of reading time and then some, earning herself a certificate signed by the State Librarian and a free book from the library.  Harris County Public Libraries have a fun little system going, and it has been fun logging all our minutes read over the last few weeks for the Get a Clue program.

In addition to that, Half Price Books has a summer reading program as well called Feed Your Brain.  Reading time is supposed to be done during the months of June and July, but its not too late to get started now and earn prizes for both programs.

To help your kids earn their minutes, bring them along to Wednesday story time at Half Price Books Humble at 10:30 am.  Books are read until we get tired (usually around 11:00 am, but if we’ve got a good attention span out of the kids that day, we may stretch it to 11:15 or so).  Every now and then we are privileged enough to have children’s authors read their own book aloud and stay for a book signing.  Snacks are always provided.

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Summer Reading Program… for Grown Ups!

June 10, 2012 at 4:44 am (Events) (, , , , , )

If you’re in the Houston area, love to read, miss those summer reading programs you participated in as a kid, and have a Harris County Library Card, you’ll be happy to know about the Harris County Public Library Get A Clue Summer Reading Program.  And yes, its for kids AND adults, and the prizes are awesome.

HCPL will be drawing from registered readers to win a Kindle Touch eReader on Monday, June 11th.  Every two weeks of the program, we’ll randomly draw from current registrants for an eReader prize, either a Kindle Touch or a NOOK Simple Touch.  At the end of the summer, we’ll have drawings from readers who complete the program for one $30 Amazon gift card at each branch library and two grand prize drawings  — one for a Kindle Fire and one for a NOOK Color.

Thanks to the Harris County Friends of the Library for providing the prizes and their generous support of Summer Reading!

I’ve got my profile set up and my first three reading sessions entered.  I’m really excited about this, and hope to get an e-reader out of it so that I will be more accessible to upcoming authors as a reviewer.  I know its more cost efficient for authors to send an e-book rather than a hard copy, but I wont be getting myself an e-reader unless I win it or earn it via Amazon credit as an affiliate.  If/when I do get one, I will only accept review copies on it, I wont be purchasing e-books if the book is available in a traditional format.  I’m old school, what can I say.

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Summer Reading Kick Off Party!

June 3, 2012 at 9:20 pm (Events) (, , , , , , , , )

Every June Half Price Books hosts a party to kick off their summer reading program.  At the store in Humble, we’ve made it a habit of inviting local Fireman Ricky Meehan out for the fun.  He reads to the kids while we pass out snacks and brochures, and talks to them about being a fireman and shows off his gear.  Last year he read Curious George and the Fireman, this year we laid out some fireman titles but got requests for favorites from the likes of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein.

He read for nearly a full hour, kids came up and rotated out using the chairs.  We maybe had about twenty smaller ones over all, but there were lots of tweens and teens that hung back, browsing the young adult section while munching on their snacks, pocketing the brochures so they could log their time and get the coupons too.  HPB’s summer reading program is designed for kids 14 and under.  If your child is too little read like mine, no worries, you can read to them and it still counts!

The Humble location will continue to do Wednesday morning story time at 10:30 am on a weekly basis throughout the summer.  We wont have a fireman handy, but children’s authors have been known to do book signings on those days.  Just last week we had local author Temara Moore read “Bloop! Bloop! Goes the Poop” later this month we’ll be visited by M.G. King, author of Librarian on the Roof.

A few of my personal favorites to keep an eye out for this summer:

Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House series is an obvious favorite amongst kiddos now days.  I didn’t have these as a child, but I’m already collecting them for Ayla.  Don’t forget to keep a look out for the Research Guide non-fiction companions to each fictional story.  They are fun, exciting, full of factoids, and will keep your kid sharp over the summer.  I plan to present them to Ayla in their appropriate pairs.

Kids got to check out the gear and learn about how it protects our fireman from injury.

Every kid should spend a summer with old school greats like The Hardy Boys, The Boxcar Children, and Nancy Drew.  When they are exhausted on those fabulous mysteries, most kids can handle Sherlock Holmessooner than they are given credit for.

Invitation to the Game by Monica Hughes is awesome. I read this at the beginning of sixth grade as a kid and I thought it was brilliant. The Giver by Lois Lowry and The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill are other really great ones for that age range.

A great series for older kids to get into is Frank Beddor’s The Looking Glass Wars trilogy.  The Looking Glass Wars is a less girly, more intense Alice in Wonderland story.  The guy that did the design art for Star Wars: Epiosodes I and II movies (Doug Chiang) was commissioned to do the concept art for this series while Frank Beddor wrote it, and quite frankly, its awesome.

Whatever you pick, if you’re 14 and under you should log your minutes and cash them in! More information can be found at the links below.

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