Monday, June 14, 2021

Break Out the Bookmarks for Camp Big Read: June 3 Kick Off Event for Southlake Summer Reading Program

This summer, grab your library card and take a hike to Camp Big Read, the 2017 Southlake Public Library Summer Reading Program. The library will host a camp-inspired kick off event on Saturday, June 3 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Family Park in Southlake Town Square. With free admission, the entire family can enjoy an evening of live entertainment, a giant tipi, games, activities, refreshments and more.

During the kick off event, kid-friendly Big Bang Boom will perform pop music as part of the MasterWorks Music Series. Composed of musicians who are also dads, the popular entertainers will play a mix of covers and original songs.

In keeping with the camping-theme, the Tipi Storytellers will bring a 28 foot-high tipi, and will share stories and understanding of Native American culture. The giant tipi and ancient tales will offer guests a fascinating perspective on our nation’s history.

Camping would not be complete without snacks. Rita’s Italian Ice will be on-site to provide 1,000 free Italian ice treats and the Southlake Library will offer an activity for children to help build a traditional campfire favorite—s’mores.

With camp-themed photo ops, crafts, make-your-own-bubbles, hula hoops, corn hole, and other activities for children, everyone will be a happy camper at the kick-off of Camp Big Read. With the Southlake Public Library as a partner in education, kids can keep their reading skills sharp as an arrow all summer long.

The Southlake Public Library Summer Reading Program will span from June 3 to August 11. Appropriate for children ages 5-12 years old, the program rewards readers for logging their reading hours and offers engaging and educational activities for kids almost every day during the 10-week program.

A few Camp Big Read program highlights include:

  • Storytelling Workshop—June 12-14 from 10:00-11:30 a.m., with a storytelling performance on June 14 at 6:30 p.m. Ages 6-12 years old.
  • Coding Camp—June 19-22 from 8:00-10:15 a.m. Instructors will lead the group on music and sound programming using Google CS First. Some coding experience suggested. Limited space, registration required. Ages 10+ years old.
  • Friday Flicks—every Friday June 19-August 11 at 2:00 p.m. in the library. Snacks provided. See the library website for titles. All ages.
  • Fort Worth Science & History Museum “Discovery Labs”—June 7, July 19 & July 26 at 2:00 p.m. Registration required. Additional hands-on science program on June 28 at 2:00 p.m. Ages 8+ years old.
  • Camp Art with ARThouse of Southlake—June 5, June 19, July 17, July 31 & August 7 at 11:00 a.m. Ages 5+ years old.
  • Circle Up for the End of Camp Big Read—August 11 at 11:00 a.m. Camp treats, camp stories, and a campy good time.

Any little campers who want to join Camp Big Read this summer must first register in the library or online at SouthlakeLibrary.com. For additional details and information about these and other programs and activities designed for preschoolers, teens and adults, visit the library’s Summer Program Schedule page.

Six Summer Volunteer Opportunities with Southlake Community Services

Looking for a way to be involved in your community and give back? The City of Southlake is searching for new members to join the team this summer. There are so many fun opportunities for Southlake volunteers, don’t miss out!

The following list of volunteer opportunities are offered during the months of June through September. For specific event volunteer questions, feel free to contact the Volunteer Liaison. For any general Volunteer Southlake questions, please contact our office directly at: (817) 748-8035 or vist www.volunteersouthlake.com.

Fire Up Your Kids with Southlake Summer Reading

Fire up your kids with Southlake Summer Reading where Every Hero Has a Story and kids, teens, and adults win big.

Earn Rewards:
The Library offers fun incentives to make summer reading a family game. Earn level prizes and get entries into drawings for prizes from an XBOX 360 to bicycles! The real rewards are the joy of sharing books together and improving reading skills the the fun way.

Preschoolers – Rewards each 5 learning activities completed
Kids & Teens  – Rewards each 5 hours read
Adults – Rewards each library checkout or youth program attended

Have Fun:
Enjoy a summer filled with family-focused activities and performances. There are many special events still to enjoy this summer including watercolor painting with ArtHouse, Zoofari, Firehouse Story Time, Texas Pioneering, weekly movies, a summer prize party and so much more!

Southlake Summer Reading – Every Hero Has a Story

Southlake Summer Reading

Southlake Summer Reading

It’s here! Southlake Summer Reading is the highlight of the summer when kids, teens, and adults win prizes for reading and using their library. Kids and teens win prizes for every 5 hours they read up to 25 hours. They also earn a large prize drawing slip for each 5 hours, with no limit on the number earned. They will use the drawing slips to enter large prize drawings for fun rewards like electronics, bicycles, games, pool toys, and more. Adults can get into the fun by earning a drawing slip each time they check out from the library or bring a child to a library program. Limit 1 per day. Prizes are donated by area businesses and will be on display in the library throughout the program.

Kids can enjoy over 60 special programs and performances, including Story Times with special guests and shows with magicians, comedians, puppeteers, and live animals. There are also hands-on workshops for cartooning, juggling, and becoming an animal ambassador.  Teens can work directly with author Jenny Martin to find their own unique writing voice in a 3-part teen writing workshop. Kroger will lead kids in cookie decorating and Yogee’s Yoga will offer yoga and yogurt. The Library will also offer crafts and a weekly movie matinee for kids. The Southlake Historical Society will host a special kids event at the Southlake Log Cabin.

Southlake Summer Reading is a free program that encourages families to make reading and the library part of their summer fun. Children who participate in programs such as summer reading, maintain and improve their literacy skills over the summer and are better prepared for the next school year. Families who read together, create an enjoyable reading experience that encourages lifelong learning. The Library’s goal is to support Southlake as a creative and educated community. We look forward to building relationships with our families this summer.

Southlake Summer Reading with Southlake Public Library is supported by our presenting sponsors, Friends of Southlake Library and Brigg’s Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Its theme and artwork are copyright of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) organization.

Summer Sneak Peek – for Grownups

Southlake Summer Reading launches on Saturday, May 30th and it’s not just for kids. Our adult program rewards participants for using their library by awarding a prize drawing slip each time they check out at the library. Adults can also earn drawing slips by bringing a child to a library program. (Limit 1 entry per cardholder per day.)  Escape the Ordinary in our online Summer Reader program (available May 30th) to enter book reviews and earn another chance to win a weekly gift card drawing.

Just in time for summer reading – watch for these upcoming blockbusters. You can find them on their release date at your Southlake Public Library. 

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Cool Reads for Hot Days

Just because the school year is ending, doesn’t mean that learning has to stop. Students who don’t continue reading over the summer are likely to lose ground. Before the lure of a sunny day takes over, parents should formulate a plan to keep their children reading during the summer months.

According to the American Library Association, parents can encourage reading by: 

  • Making a time and a place for reading in your home and encourage talking about reading in your family.
  • Taking advantage of “waiting” time to share books: on trips, at the doctor’s office, in line at the grocery store.
  • Setting a good example – read on your own.
  • Allowing your child to select books to read and be aware of your child’s reading interests.
  • Giving books as presents.
  • When preparing for family road trips, stock up on audio books from your library. Let your children choose some stories to listen to in the car. Have family members share favorite ghost stories and/or adventure stories around the campfire at picnics and on camping trips.
  • Signing up for a summer reading program at the local library or book retailer

For parents who have a child who’d rather pick up a video game remote or an iPad than a book, try electronic books and computer-based programs that help develop and reinforce reading skills. Look online for electronic books. Many local libraries provide free access to children’s books that can be viewed on a computer. And a number of retailers sell books for handheld devices, like smart phones and e-readers. For kids who love gadgets, using an e-reader can make reading cool.

Although CISD elementary school children do not have a list of required reading material, the district has created a list of reading suggestions. Click to view First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade and Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineesIn addition, there is a link on the district’s website for the summer reading assignments for grades 5-12.