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PLSJC Director Alan Hall writes a weekly column discussing library and community news, history, and other interesting subjects.

Summer Reading Club 2016

By Alan Hall, Director, PLSJ
Publish Date - Sunday, June 5, 2016

Summer Reading Club announces the summer season in our library system.  In recent years, we have added a Teen and Adult Summer Reading Club and they have proven to be popular.


The concept of a reading club to keep children reading during the summer season when school is out-of-session has been going on for a long time, over a century in our libraries.


As early as 1902, when the Carnegie Building opened, the librarians formed what was then called, “The Boys Club” and “The Girls Club” and featured small prizes and certificates for the number of books read over the summer.


Things have changed over the years with Summer Reading Club; but this year’s program will “shake the dust” out of that program, and introduce people to all of the new and different things available at the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County.


This year, children will receive a 16-page booklet outlining the 6 week program called Summer Reading Club 2016 that shows the activities involved for this year.


2016 will see some seven (7) grand prizes, with a weekly drawing using earned tickets for a chance to win the prizes which range from Tablets to Bicycles.


Each branch library will also have weekly drawings for books contributed by the “Reading is Fundamental (RIF)” organization.


The Summer Reading Club starts Monday, June 13 and continues through Saturday, July 23 with a Scholastic Book Fair to be held June 13-18 at the Schiappa Branch Library.


Proceeds from the Book Sale go for Board Books which the library gives as part of our Babygarten Classes for children from birth to 24 months of age.


The Library feels that it is important for children to start their own library at home, and the proceeds from the Scholastic Book Sale fund that lifelong love of reading.


You can use more of the Library’s resources this year to obtain tickets for the grand prizes, including using an iPad, computer, or Tablet at the library.  We even have early Literacy computers and Tablets for our youngest patrons.


Instead of reading a traditional book from the library, try one of our new online Tumble Books on your Tablet


Week 2 of the Summer Reading Club features shows a show from the Pittsburgh Zoo held at various branch library locations around the county.  Read a book about animals!


Week 3 finds Paint n Sip for kids ages 6-12 at several county locations, be sure to pre-register!  Arts and crafts are part of this session.


Week 4 is around the 4th of July holiday, and it is time to read a book about American History.  The Summer Reading Club Facebook Page will feature children reading for the summer.


Week 5 features reading magazines and newspapers, and we want you to try Flipster, the new online magazine system at the library, or check out how newspapers are online and searchable now.


Week 6 wraps up Summer Reading Club, and can you tell the librarians (without looking!) where all of the public libraries are located in Jefferson County?


Wrap-Up parties will take place across the library system that week, and we’ll have suggestions for reading to take you right up to the start-of-school.


Oops, I missed the worm races, and the movie times, and more Paint n Sip for Kids, and, well, you will just have to sign up beginning June 13 to see all the stuff!


The Summer Reading Club for Teens and the Summer Reading Club for Adults take place the same time period of June 13 – July 23 with drawings for prizes on August 1.


We can show Teens and Adults all the new online features available through the library system using that old-fashioned library card from eBooks to eMagazines to eWhatever.


We also have those old-fashioned books if that is your preference.


The Library System hopes that the Summer Reading Club will serve as a starting point for a lifelong library habit, or will simply enhance your library habit will all of the new information services at the Library.


My Father was so proud of the handful of books that he had in his milk crate bookshelf during the Depression of the 1930s.  The few which survived were proudly handed to me to start my home collection, and I have passed them to my son.  Have you started your library habit?