Build a Better World 2017 Summer Reading Program





We are MAKING THINGS at the South Berwick Public Library this summer!  Making readers!  Kites, magicians, musicians, STEM “Maker” series, and Building a Town inside the Library, one reader at a time. Original artwork by Jane Cowen Fletcher.

There are four age-targeted reading programs .                             

The summer reading programs are free, easy to fit around any summer plans and keeps kids reading all summer long. Pick up a calendar of special events and activities and Portland Sea Dogs tickets when you sign up.  Sign up any time after June 1st.

Children Getting Ready to Read can BUILD early literacy skills with activities to do together & get a prize.  Suggested for age 18 months to 3 or 4.



Build a Better World is for children up to age twelve to encourage reading over the summer months.  Children get a reading log, and for every day that they read 20 minutes or more, they place a sticker on their log.  Every time they reach 10 days of at least 20 minutes each day, they bring the log to the library for a prize.


Teens have a reading program too.  Teen Team Points can be earned through reading, creating video book trailers, and writing reviews. Get 10 points & pick a books out for us to buy for the Young Adult collection.

The library will have many of the titles from the School Summer Reading Lists, come early for the best selection.


Adults!  Why should kids have all the fun?  Pick up your bingo board and start reading!  You pick the titles for your reading challenges and win books for getting five in a row.




Getting Kids To Read Over the Summer (from the National Educational Assoc. website)

“Summer sizzles when you add the excitement of a good book! But if kids take a vacation from reading, skills may fizzle over the break.”

Parents and teachers put in a lot of hard work to get kids on a path to reading and learning success, but research shows that children, especially those from low-income families, can lose up to three months of reading progress over the summer months, and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect.

Researchers conclude that two-thirds of the 9th grade reading achievement gap can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during the elementary school years, with nearly one-third of the gap present when children begin school (Alexander, Entwistle & Olsen, 2007).  The body of existing research demonstrates the critical importance that the early development of summer reading habits can play in providing the foundation for later success.  (http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/research.htm)