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SUMMER READING PROGRAM*
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The Plainville Public Library Children’s Department is pleased to offer
this year’s Summer Reading Programs, “Every Hero Has a Story” for
pre-readers and readers up through grade 5, and “Unmasked” for students
entering grades 6-12.
This community-wide literacy initiative features incentives and fun
family programs all in an effort to encourage reading throughout the
Research has shown that gains in reading proficiency throughout the
school year can be lost when children cease to read over the months when
school is no longer in session, a phenomenon known as “summer slide.”
The cumulative effect of losing three months of reading skills each
summer can result in a middle school student being behind by as much as
two years! Reading loss or gain each year has been shown to be
tied to reading during school breaks. Therefore, the key to
preventing summer reading loss and its cumulative effects is having
children read throughout the summer.
While reading is its own reward, the library turns summer reading into a
game through the Summer Reading Program. Sign-ups begin on Monday,
June 22, and the program lasts through August 14th.
Participants in the “Every Hero Has a Story” program are asked to read
20 minutes a day; for every seven days of reading, participants can earn
a prize. Additionally, in order to encourage children to check out
books throughout the summer, each library visit checkout will earn the
children a raffle ticket for fun family prizes. Participants in
the “Unmasked” program will be entered into a weekly raffle drawing for
every book read and reviewed.
The Plainville Library Children’s Department has put together a full
schedule of activities to be offered over the course of the reading
program, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Plainville Public
Library. Our kickoff event takes place on Thursday, June 25th,
6:30 PM when Animal Embassy visits us for its live animal show – this
all-ages program is not to be missed!! Visit our website at www.plainvillelibrary.com or
stop by the Children’s Department to see the full lineup of summer
programs. Our goal is to make everyone’s summer reading full of
The Children’s Department staff is here to answer your questions and
help you find just the right books and materials for your summer reading
needs. We look forward to seeing you at the Plainville Public
Reception to Welcome New Children's Librarian
There will be a reception in the children’s room of the Plainville
Public Library to welcome Ericka Bajrami. She started work as head
of the children’s room in June. Previously she worked in the
public libraries in Bloomfield and West Hartford. She is a member
of the American Library Association and the Connecticut Library
The welcome reception is planned for Friday
July 10th from 3 to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Children, their families and the general public are invited to attend to
meet her. The Friends of the Library are co-sponsoring the event.
Movie Matinee at the Library
Kevin Costner stars in a movie just released in DVD format.
“McFarland USA” was
inspired by the 1987 true story, it follows novice runners
from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s
farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a
cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White, a newcomer to
their predominantly Latino high school. With grit and determination, the
unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only
a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
The movie will be shown on Thursday
July 9 at 2:30 p.m.at the
library. It is part of a matinee film series sponsored by the
Friends of the Library.
Concert Under the Stars
Peter and Maryjane Peluso
along with vocalist Reilly Lincavicks will present an informal concert
under the stars at the Plainville Public Library on Friday,
July 31 at 7:00 p.m. in
the library’s sunken patio outside the children’s room. Pianist,
Maryjane Peluso will play music by Spanish composer Enrique Granados and
Peter Peluso will perform selections from the accordion repertoire,
including Vittoirio Monti’s “Czardas” and “The Original Boogie Woogie”
by Pinetop Smith. Reilly Vincavicks will sing highlights from the
American musical theater.
The Pelusos are both music teachers from Plainville and give private
lessons. They have produced and directed numerous concerts and
musical theater programs in Plainville for many years. The program
is free. The concert will be moved to the library’s auditorium in
case of bad weather.
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