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Summer Fun: Literacy Never Stops!

May 1st, 2015

By Candice Putnam

The weather is getting warmer, the school year is winding down, and we’re all starting to get excited about summer and all of the fun opportunities out there for kids of all ages!  As you look around for summer camps and activities for your children, keep in mind the various ways that you can keep your kids reading and writing after school lets out:

1. Stock up on summer reads. Visit the library as a family and give your kids the freedom to explore and choose books that interest them. Don’t forget to choose books for yourself too!

2. Have them keep a journal of their summer activities. This will allow them to practice writing and engage in self-reflection, and it will make a great keepsake to look back on when they are older!

3. Write letters. If they are going away to summer camp or spending time away at a relative’s house on their own, write letters or send postcards back and forth. Nowadays, kids tend to miss out on the excitement of getting letters in the mail, so this is a really fun way to have them practice their writing skills.

4. Tell stories around the campfire. Whether you pack up the kids and head off to a campground for the weekend or huddle around a campfire in the back yard, it’s always a blast telling ghost stories (or any other type of story, for the little ones!) while roasting marshmallows or hot dogs.

5. Participate in your library’s Summer Reading program! Red Deer Public Library’s TD Summer Reading Club is geared toward children ages 3 and up. This year’s theme is PLAY, and is all about “encouraging kids to see reading as play, and discover that the joyful, boundless and carefree feelings associated with play can just as easily be found in a great book” (from This is a FREE annual program that provides incentive for kids to keep reading throughout the summer, with prizes awarded at various stages of the program.  In addition, literacy-based programs take place at all three library branches all summer long, including a French program at our new Timberlands Branch. Registration begins on June 20 and our Kick-off Party, which will include games, activities, cake, and a special concert by Juno-nominated children’s entertainer Mary Lambert, is scheduled for June 27! Visit for full details.

Enjoy the rest of the school year, and we hope to see you at the library soon!

Candice Putnam is Manager, Timberlands Branch, Red Deer Public Library. FOr more information about their programs and services, visit

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