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Read yourself silly

Date Posted: 2004-06-04

With summer just upon us, your children are probably looking forward to lots of exciting summer entertainment. Thatís great! But donít forget about the books. Summer wonít last forever and reading during the summer provides many benefits. Not only can reading help build vocabulary and the ability to read, write, spell, and comprehend, it can also preserve and enhance childrenís academic positioning.

MCCS Okinawa has a great program that can help your children do just thatĖRead Yourself Silly. Read Yourself Silly is a summer reading incentive program that is sure to help make reading an enjoyable activity for children during the summer vacation months which may bring big benefits in the fall. The program will be offered at the Camp Foster, Kinser, and Courtney libraries.

Hereís how it works:

Starting June 13, children between the ages of three and eleven can register for Read Yourself Silly at their participating library. Registration will be open continuously and the program will run from June 20 through July 31. During the six weeks of Read Yourself Silly, children will be read to or Read Themselves Silly, checking in with the library periodically, to record their time.

In addition to the summer reading program, the libraries will also continue to hold weekly, hour-long School Age Program for children ages six to eleven. This program consists of fun projects and crafts involving stories. Pre-school Story Times for children ages three to five will continue throughout the summer as well. Registration in Ready Yourself Silly is not necessary to attend the weekly activities.

End-of-season celebrations:

Read Yourself Silly participants can celebrate their reading achievements at one of the programís end-of-season celebrations. Each participating library will host a celebration which will include food, ice cream, bouncers, and other games and activities. Children who read or are read to for at least twenty-five hours can earn a t-shirt and a chance to win bikes, skateboards, and backpacks courtesy of MCI; books and gift certificates courtesy of Usborne Books; and a variety of food coupons courtesy of AAFES. Celebrations will be held at the following locations:

Foster Library, Saturday, July 31
Kinser Library, Monday, August 2
Courtney Library, Thursday, July 29

Hereís how to sign up:

Children can stop by their participating library to sign up starting June 13. Registered children will receive a book bag, bookmark, and a calendar to chart their progress. For additional information, contact your nearest library.

Foster Library 645-7178
Kinser Library 637-2027
Courtney Library 622-9795

If your children are like many others, reading may not be their first choice of things to do, especially during summer. The trick to encouraging your child to read is to make it as fun as possible. Our program will do just that.

For more information on the Read Yourself Silly, the School-age Program, and Pre-school Story Time, call 645-7178. Visit MCCS online at www.mccsokinawa.com.

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