18 Ways to Enrich Summer Reading at the Library
It’s time for summer! And that can mean fun activities, including reading.
In the next couple of months, children have more time to explore their interests, enhance their knowledge, and broaden their perspective by catching up on reading. If you need books or ideas to encourage young readers, visiting your local library can help you get started.
Besides offering a vast number of books, magazines, movies, and other resources to explore, libraries often give your child the chance to make a craft, listen to a story, join a book club, attend an event, and more.
But your child isn’t limited to reading library books at home and attending the occasional library event. Consider creating your own fun reading activities that utilize the library. These can empower children with more creative freedom and motivate them to plan reading activities that fit their interests.
Library Summer Reading Activities
Below are 18 ways your child can enrich summer reading at the library on his or her own or with your help.
- Plan a picnic and peruse a cookbook or food magazine at the library for recipes.
- Start a Picnic Book Club. Visit the library with friends to pick out some books to read and discuss during an outdoor picnic. Consider poetry or short stories if you want to read anything aloud.
- Before you check out more books at the library, do some summer cleaning by collecting old books and DVDs and taking them along to donate.
- Ask your librarian to recommend a book in which summer plays an important role.
- On rainy days, check out a movie based on a book you recently read. Watch the movie and compare and contrast it with the book. What changes did you like and which didn’t you like? Consider getting your family involved.
- Sign up for a library-led teen reading group. If your local branch doesn’t offer one, host a Teen Book Club at your house.
- Use a trip to the library as motivation for getting more exercise. If your library is nearby, walk, jog, or bike there. Another option is to check out an audiobook to listen to while walking or jogging.
- Create and go on a summer-themed library book scavenger hunt. For example, search for books on camping, swimming, and the Fourth of July.
- Older students can tutor younger students at the library once a week. This volunteer experience is rewarding and keeps the mind sharp over the summer.
- Take a summer class offered by your local library. See if it offers instruction on poetry writing, arts & crafts, or a reader’s theater.
- Ask your librarian if you can help out during the summer. You can learn more about how a library works and help with shelving books, preparing children’s activities, and more.
- Find and use a book to help you identify the various types of trees, flowers, insects, and birds in your backyard or at a nearby park.
- With a librarian’s help, identify some local authors and send them letters inviting them to come speak at a summer library event.
- Ask for help in finding a book of science experiments. Look up some fun experiments to conduct outdoors.
- Explore your entrepreneurial side and check out a book on the basics of business. Read through some of the principles and apply them to a lemonade stand, garage sale, craft fair, or other type of business you can start.
- Find a book of campfire stories to tell during a family camping trip, bonfire, or camp out in the backyard.
- Start your own “Summer School of Fun.” Pick out some books that offer ideas on educational activities and experiments to try with your student’s siblings and neighbors.
- Turn your favorite storybook from the library into a puppet show, or put on a performance at a homemade outdoor theater. Invite family and friends to attend the performance.
What else can you do at the library? Does your library offer any unique activities that encourage creativity and critical thinking over the summer? Let us know!