Tempe Public Library’s Summer Reading Program kicks off in June


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Avoid the “summer slide” and keep the whole family connected with Tempe Public Library’s Summer Reading program, which kicks off Saturday, June 1. This year’s theme embraces a “Universe of Stories”, with activities ranging from Star Wars to astronaut bootcamp to galaxy-painting. Summer Reading begins June 1 and goes through August 1. Students can register beginning May 1 at tempepubliclibrary.org/SummerReading. 

Summer Reading students earn points by reading and participating in theme-related activities at the library. Those points can be used for great prizes like Big Surf tickets, free pizza, wave pool and state park day passes. 

Summer Reading activities at Tempe Public Library 

Tuesday, June 4 – Summer Reading Kick-Off Party & Dr. T-Rex

1:30-3:30 p.m. – Visit with the library’s Summer Reading partners in the Youth Library

2-3 p.m. – See Dr. T-Rex perform interactive science experiments related to space and space exploration. 

Totally Tempe Tuesdays

Totally Tempe Tuesdays take place every Tuesday in June and July at 2 p.m. Each week will feature a different theme-related activity. Visit tempepubliclibrary.org/SummerReading for a week-by-week list.

Reading for all ages

Younger readers can participate in Storytimes, From Seeds to Sprouts, Family Sprouts, Paws to Read, or a Handwriting Lab. Teen readers can attend teen-focused writing sessions, Dungeons and Dragons, and Design Studio. Adult readers can find the perfect book club, check out a writing class or attend a Paint Pouring or Paint Your Own Pottery class. 

As a reminder, the library will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and there will be no Summer Reading events on that day.

Tips to avoid the “summer slide”

Every year many students suffer from what’s known as the “summer slide”, which is varying levels of learning loss that occurs once the school year ends. Here are some tips to prevent it.

1.      Read every day for at least 20 minutes.

2.      Find the right book (or non-book) to read. 

Be flexible with your child’s reading choices. Let him or her play an active role in choosing what books to read. Comics, age-appropriate graphic novels and children’s magazines are also good choices.

3.      Use games and other fun stuff on the go

Start a game of I-Spy while commuting or traveling. Encourage reading at the grocery store by having the kids hunt down the right aisles or reading sale displays to find the best deal (this is also great for keeping those math skills sharp).

4.      Find activities at your local library

Check in at the library near your house this summer. Most offer summer reading programs full of activities and entertainment that’s designed specifically to help avoid the summer slide.

Summer Reading is supported with funds granted by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information, a full event list and program descriptions, visit tempepubliclibrary.org/SummerReading.

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