Get ready for the Summer Stars Reading Adventure in your local library

by Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on June 23, 2016 in Libraries

Did you know reading gives children a head start in life, benefiting them in more ways than you might imagine?  The school holidays provide an ideal opportunity for children to experience reading as a fun activity. To support children’s reading, Summer Stars, a free programme, open to all, takes place in public libraries throughout the […]

Did you know reading gives children a head start in life, benefiting them in more ways than you might imagine? The school holidays provide an ideal opportunity for children to experience reading as a fun activity.

To support children’s reading, Summer Stars, a free programme, open to all, takes place in public libraries throughout the country during the summer holidays. Each child who joins this reading programme at their local library gets a Summer Stars Reading Card. Children choose their own books and a Stars Reward Stamp is added to their card for each book read. In your local library, you will find books that cater to children of all ages, interests and abilities. As an extra incentive, a goody bag is available for each child who takes part. At the end of the summer holidays, all children who have participated will be invited to attend an awards event where they will be presented with a certificate. Summer Stars is the successor to the popular Summer Reading Buzz programme which has been run in Fingal Libraries for the past number of years.

Summer Stars was launched in Malahide Library on 22nd June and is now taking place in libraries throughout Fingal. Author Alan Nolan entertained children from St. Andrew’s and Pope John Paul II National Schools with a hilarious workshop on growing up, dogs, books and lots more besides. (Keep a look out for Alan, who will be visiting Fingal Libraries in the coming months). Exciting events and activities for children will be held in libraries throughout Fingal during the summer. Check out your local library or Fingal’s library website for details. Fun reading activities are also available on Library Ireland’s Summer Stars website. This online resource includes games, talking E-books, reading tips, book suggestions and funny interviews with children’s authors and other celebrities.

Encouraging children to read over the summer holidays helps them to retain and improve the literacy skills they have acquired over the school year. Children who visit the library regularly develop stronger literacy skills and more positive attitudes towards reading. Choosing books they really enjoy, motivates them to take ownership of their reading and freely explore their interests. Reading for pleasure assists children in becoming life-long, confident readers and contributes to their overall well-being. Numerous studies have shown strong connections between reading and children’s levels of self-confidence, independence, emotional development, empathy, imagination and creativity as well as their social skills.

Let the summer reading adventure begin with a visit to your local library!

By Orla Drohan, Malahide Library