School is almost out for the summer around New Mexico. Are you looking for activities to keep the kids busy this summer? Do you want to help them retain what they learned last year and be ready for the next school year? Many public libraries around the state are offering summer reading programs that include prizes and fun programs. According to the Association for Library Services to Children (a division of the American Library Association),
“Research shows that increased summer reading reduces summer learning loss. Also, the amount and quality of students’ access to reading materials correlates to the amount of reading they do, which in turn is a determinant of reading achievement.”
Click through the slideshow list at the top of the article to view details of the summer reading programs in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Corrales, Placitas, and Farmington. This article is the first in a series about summer reading; articles to follow include details on other summer reading programs and a compilation of suggested summer reading for each grade level.
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Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library
The Albuquerque Bernalillo County summer reading program registration begins on June 1 and runs through July 27. Registration forms can be completed online or in person at any of the ABC Library branches. Each branch has activities scheduled throughout the summer for both children/teens and adults.
- Children up to age 11: Registered children will receive a reading log, bookmark, and a schedule of summer events. Children can visit the library and present their reading log to earn a different prize every week.
- Teens and adults: Registered teens and adults can turn in completed reading cards throughout the program; weekly prize drawings will be held at each branch and there will be a system-wide grand prize drawing at the end of the program.
Additionally, the ABC Libraries offer a Passport to Libraries program during which you can get a passport from any branch library, visit 5 libraries and get staff signatures, then earn a contest entry form. For every 5 libraries visited, you can earn another entry form and for those who visit every branch library, you will get to have your photo posted to the ABC Libraries website.
City of Rio Rancho Library
The City of Rio Rancho summer reading program registration begins May 28 and the deadline for entries are July 12. While supplies last, registered readers will receive a draw-string book bag.
- Infant to kindergarten: Soar with Books! Read and record books in an online reading log; readers earn a free book after logging six books and can earn a second book after reading six more.
- Grades 1-6: Dig into Reading! Read and record books in an online reading log; readers earn a free book after logging six books and can earn a second book after reading six more.
- Grades 7-12: Groundbreaking Reads! Read and record books in an online reading log; readers earn a free book after logging six books and can earn a second book after reading six more. A weekly drawing will be held for prizes such as gift cards for amazon.com, movie tickets, and gift cards from a local bookstore and restaurants. The grand prize of an Amazon Kindle will be given away during the Teen Summer Reading Finale on July 12.
City of Santa Fe Library
Registration for the City of Santa Fe summer reading program begins on May 25. Toddlers through age 12 can register at a branch library and will receive a book bag and reading log. The summer reading program runs from June 1 through July 27. Children should read 6 books or 6 chapters of a book and record the reading on their reading log. Reading logs can be turned in each week at the library for a prize and starting with the third week, children will be able to earn a registration card for the grand prize drawing. If participants turn in a reading log for each of the 8 weeks of the program, they will earn 7 entries into the drawing to be held during the end-of-summer party at the library. Each branch will have a drawing for a boy’s and a girl’s bike. Each participant will also receive a certificate of achievement at the end of the program.
Farmington Public Library
Registration for the Farmington Public Library summer reading program begins on June 1 and the program ends on August 5. There are programs available for children, teens, and adults. Program brochures were distributed to all San Juan County schools in April.
- Ages 1-12: Registration is available online or at the library branch. Participants will win a free t-shirt after reading and logging 15 books. There are story times on Mondays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., craft and science projects are on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. till noon, Dig into Reading entertainment is on Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and there are family fun nights on June 27, July 18, and July 25.
- Ages 13-19: Registration is available online and teens can log books until the end of the program on July 31. Teens are encouraged to read 5 books. The library will have weekly teen programs on Thursdays at 6 p.m. beginning on June 6.
- Adults: Registration is available online or reading logs can be picked up at the reference desk starting May 1 and books can be logged from June 1 through July 31. There will be a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer. Adults earn a free t-shirt after reading 6 books and also have a chance to win a Kindle Fire. Adults are encouraged to play the weekly trivia and prize drawings will be held on Mondays. Book Buzz is on KSJE 90.9 on Fridays at noon.
Registration for the Corrales Library summer reading program begins on May 28 at 1 p.m. at the library. The first 150 registered children will receive a free book bag. Children will be provided with a reading log and those with completed reading logs will be eligible for the prize drawing at each of the Tuesday evening events. Weekly events will be held at La Entrada Park from 7-8 p.m. starting on June 11. Bring a picnic and some friends and enjoy the weekly shows. Shows include music, a bird show, magic shows, a ventriloquist, and dancing.
The Placitas Library summer reading program will include weekly programs at 10 a.m. on Fridays beginning on June 7. Here is the schedule of events for the summer:
- June 7- Johnny Moon’s Science and Magic Show, “Magical Beginnings, Dig Deep-Read”.
- June 14 – “Diggin’ for Rocks, Minerals, and Gems” led by Geri Verble and teens from the Young Adult Program.
- June 21- “Digging into History” led by Nancy Hawks and Maxine Breland (Ancient Egypt and Hieroglyphics)
- June 28 – “Story Bones in the Ground” led by local storyteller, Susi Wolf (animal skulls, teeth, etc. and fun stories about animals that dig)
- July 12 – “Stories Caves Tell” led by Nancy Guist and Pat Vogt (animals that lives in caves, cave paintings and pictographs)
- July 19 – “Digging into Trouble” led by Sheron Kravitz and Nora Timmons (leprechauns, fairies, elves, trolls, gnomes, and goblins)
- July 26 – Final Reading Celebration with prizes, refreshments, and special guests from the Rattlesnake Museum.