Calvert Library believes our community can read 30,000 books this summer and needs your help! Are you in? You don’t have to read them all yourself but you do need to sign up for #calvertREADS so you can log your contribution to the challenge! Visit any Calvert Library location or just click on #calvertREADS from the library website http://calvertlibrary.info. Don’t miss our fantastic fun-filled #calvertREADS Festival on Saturday, June 10, 11 am to 3 pm at Calvert Library Prince Frederick. There will be gardening demonstrations, video games, large yard games, seed bombs and sling slots, a community art project, a paper airplane contest, Check Out Your Community displays, Storytime, green crafting demos and book art demos. This is truly a family event with fun for everyone.
The #calvertREADS project is a new twist to the library’s usual Summer Reading program and gets back to the basics…reading! In recent years past, the library might have tempted you to explore your community by giving you contest credit for visiting Annmarie Garden or reading to a pet. Or perhaps you could count having used one of the library’s premium online resources the same as having read a book. This year, you just have to read! The library is counting every book you read…and no, sorry, just checking it out doesn’t count. Each book you read turns in to a chance to win a $100 gift card to the establishment of your choice…could be Play ‘n Trade, Chipotle, Nick’s of Calvert or almost anywhere else you can think of. There will be one winner from each age group. Watch the library’s social media feeds to see which branch’s customers are biggest readers this summer. The library will be posting results as the summer wears on, so keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter and the #calvertREADS site. Audiobooks, ebooks, downloadable audiobooks and print books all count…movies do not. Participants can even set their own personal challenges for the summer. The library encourages everyone to share their challenges and successes with the hashtag #calvertREADS on social media all summer long.
Teachers and media specialists think reading over the summer is pretty important, too, and that’s why many have helped get students signed up for #calvertREADS already. They know that even reading just six books that your child likes will make a big difference in preventing the “summer slide” where kids fall out of practice with three months of no academic work. Try to schedule some time every day for reading…maybe as a cooling off time in the heat of the day. Get those books logged and watch the ticker to see how quickly #calvertREADS.
Even though #calvertREADS is all about books, the library continues to be a magical place to take the kids this summer. Watch great performers like Mad Science, Barry Louis Polisar, comedian Chris Fascione, Prakriti dancers, a ventriloquist, magician Mike Rose and, of course, live animals. Participate in a variety of edutaining events like “Create a Rube Goldberg Machine,” “Solar Eclipse Viewing Party,” and “Giant Games Night.” There will be opportunities to build creativity and imagination. Storytimes will take place weekly so if you’re a new parent who could really use a little adult time, don’t miss these events and the chance to play at the library’s imagination station. Stop by any library branch for more details of these programs and more for children of all ages.
For more information, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291.