Kids of All Ages Register for Summer Reading Program!

Kids of all ages enjoyed the the kickoff party for the Sanibel Public Library Summer Reading Program on June 3. Eight-month-old Finn, pictured above, was excited to take part in selecting his favorite books. Between now and June 30, youth, from 0 to 18 years, may sign up for the Summer Reading Program.
After signing up online through the  Library’s Summer Reading app (called Beanstack), participants are able to keep track of the time they spend reading or listening to books. The Summer Reading Program helps parents and children incorporate reading in their daily routines throughout the summer.
Finn’s mother, Lindsey, was very excited about the event and the Summer Reading app. She stated, “The Beanstack app makes it easy to keep up with what books I have been reading to Finn. It helps me to keep reading new and interesting books to him during the day and before bed. The librarians put together such a wonderful program each year. The app has made it fun and much easier to keep track of everything.”
Early language and literacy (reading and writing) development begins in the first three years of life and is closely linked to a child’s earliest experiences with books and stories. The interactions that young children have with books, paper, and crayons, and with the adults in their lives are the building blocks for language, reading, and writing.

Parents can access Beanstack by visiting the children’s library website at Sanlib.org/children. Youth Librarian Deanna Evans adds, “As in years past, kids can earn books for their home library and for children at Golisano Children’s Hospital.” Young readers have earned more than 5,000 books for the Children’s Hospital in the last five years.
Upon completion of the program different prizes are awarded based on age group and number of items read. For more information, check the event schedule or contact the Youth Librarian by phone at (239) 472-2483 or by email at devans@sanlib.org.
The Sanibel Public Library Foundation, along with the Joan Hunt Cory Children’s Fund, underwrites the summer reading program. The Children’s Fund was established in 2008 to honor longtime library volunteer and supporter Joan Hunt Cory, who was also a 20-year Sanibel resident. During the past 10 years the Foundation has provided more than $75,000 for Library programs, services, and technology specifically for youth.