The 2018 Summer Reading theme, “Libraries Rock!” encourages kids of all ages to find their reading rhythm with one of our book challenges. Programs for tots, preschoolers, readers, and teens run from May 29 to August 11. Stop in at the library to join the book band and earn a reward packet of tickets, coupons, and prizes. Those who finish their reading folder by August 11 will earn a reward packet including small toys and tickets/coupons for popular local attractions.
Young readers can also enjoy our popular Terrific Tuesday series featuring School of Rock, Magic of Rick Allen, Stories and Puppets with Kathy Luck, African Dance & Drumming with Lucky Diop, and Mad Science. On-going events include story times, Art Cart, and Lego Club. Check out our events calendar to find out what is happening this week.
No doubt, Summer time is Fun time at the Library. We encourage kids to read and learn about things that interest and excite them. We provide programs that combine learning and entertainment because we know how crucial summer learning is to children’s long term well-being. A multitude of studies have documented the effects of summer learning loss, often referred to as “summer slide.” Children who are not engaged with reading and books during the summer experience about 2 months of reading skill loss. Engaging in as little as 2 – 3 hours per week of reading and other learning activities will help guard against summer learning loss. If that isn’t motivation enough, kids who complete their library summer reading folders by August 11 will earn tickets and coupons for other learning adventures including the Milwaukee County Zoo and Milwaukee Public Museum.
Preventing learning loss in school-aged children isn’t our only mission. The Library is also committed to growing readers starting at birth. This summer, infants through pre-schoolers may join a Read-to-Me program and participate in our year-round 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.
Readers aren’t the only thing we grow at the library. This year, we will once again be raising and releasing monarch butterflies. Watch the metamorphosis of our hungry caterpillars into beautiful monarchs. If you are raising monarchs at home, please let us know. The Shorewood Monarch Project keeps a count.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the 20th Annual Summer Celebration. Join hundreds of your friends and neighbors in a community celebration. Enjoy free trolley rides, Culvers’ sundae bar, music, games, face painting and the Milwaukee Brewers Famous Racing Sausages.