We hope that you and your family have an excellent summer and that part of that summer is reading! Reading during the summer is not only an enjoyable activity for many, but also a way to retain and to develop your literacy skills. Try to read for at least 20 minutes per day!
Although the Aldershot School Library will be closed, the local Burlington and Hamilton libraries will be open all summer. These systems both have summer reading programs intended to motivate readers and keep them reading all summer long! Please consider checking out their websites for more information:
Burlington Public Library: www.bpl.on.ca
Check out the BPL for “Read for the Win Summer Challenge,” Summertime Teen Reading Club, BPL TeenScene Tumblr Contest, Teen Craft programs (Operation Sock Stuffie, Tie Dye It Up, Dude-It’s Duct Tape, Mehndi Madness, eSleeve Craft), and the “Take Flight and Write” writing contest.
Hamilton Public Library: www.hpl.ca
Check out the HPL for “Hamilton’s Next Top Novel,” the Reading Buddy Volunteer program, the “Power of the Pen” Creative Writing Contest, Teen Book Clubs, and the Teen Blog.
Other suggestions for summer reading:
- Go on-line and investigate Summer of 2013 Reading Lists (eg. Summer Reading Scholastic Canada, About.com Children’s Books). Some other great teen reading lists:
http://www.goodreads.com/list/tag/teen, http://www.teenreads.com/teenreadscom-ultimate-reading-list, http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/teens/age-category/teens
- Sometimes, people who don’t like fiction, enjoy non-fiction. Try to find a non-fiction book or magazine linked to your interests. A search on-line will often reveal surprising results!
- Check out the hot picks at such local bookstores as A Different Drummer, Book Nook, Pickwick Books, Chapters/Indigo, etc. These places usually highlight popular reads and the staff are great at recommending books! They will often have their own reading incentive programs as well.
- Visit a used bookstore to find some real “gems,” including beloved classics, rare books, or real deals!
- Keep a log or journal of books read and a wish list of books “to read.” This could also become an on-line blog!
- Read as a family— talk to your parents about what you read and encourage them and your younger brothers and sisters to do the same.
- Become aware of current/world events by reading hard copy or on-line newspapers and/or news magazines. Talk about these events at meal times. Watch the news or news shows at night and compare and contrast the coverage!
- Consider reading books that have been made into movie adaptations. Watch the movie with your friends and/or family and then discuss the success of the movie in adapting the work.
- Similarly, read graphic novel adaptations of novels/works and discuss the effectiveness of the adaptation.
- If you are a drama king or queen, you may want to “adapt a scene” from your favourite book into a dramatic scene—to be presented live or filmed.
- Talk about your favourite books—past and present. Explain what they mean to you and why. Encourage your friends and family members to do the same.
- Have a neighbourhood “book swap” or book sale to encourage reading in your community.
- Look for great finds and “cheap” books at garage sales and moving sales.
- Read anything. Don’t worry if books are at your reading level or not; read at your level, but enjoy a “simpler” read once in a while; at other times, read a more challenging work to stretch your ability and develop your reading resilience.
- Make sure you pack something to read for vacations and visits.
- Be a reading volunteer at a local library, senior’s facility, or community centre.
- Create a book club (or find one on-line or at the local library!).
- Add your idea here!
HAVE A SAFE SUMMER!!