How to Beat the Boredom

With the end of the school year fast approaching, it’s only a matter of time before that old familiar refrain lands on the ears of parents everywhere:  “I’m boorrrrrrrred.”  Boring summers can be a drag for everyone, so to keep your kids busy this summer, get them involved in Summer Reading Club!  Here are the top 5 reasons summer reading club should be on your kids’ summertime agenda:

1) It Prevents Summer “Brain Drain”!
Kids experience learning losses when they don’t engage in educational activities during the summer – especially when it comes to reading.  But the good news is that parents and kids can do something to stop the “brain drain.”  The biggest way to continue learning is to keep reading over the summer. And the best way to encourage reading is to join Summer Reading Club!

2) It’s Free!
With gas prices on the rise, road trips and far-away vacations can be incredibly expensive – which is precisely why the “staycation” has seen an epic boost in popularity (in fact, the word “staycation” has become so popular that Merriam-Webster officially added it to the dictionary in 2009).  Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the shores of Grand Beach, camping in the Whiteshell, or taking a day trip out to Gimli, bringing along a library book or two is a great way for the kids to enjoy their summer on the cheap.

3) It’s Cool!
Although Winnipeggers hate to complain about the heat, it can often get too hot (and mosquito-ridden) to actually enjoy the great outdoors.  Weather gurus are predicting a hotter-than-normal summer for most of Canada this year, which means that kids across the country will be looking for indoor activities to beat the heat.  Getting out of the sun, and reading a good book is the perfect way to keep cool this summer – especially if you’re at an air conditioned library!

4) There are Prizes!
Remember when you were a kid and looked for that proverbial prize at the bottom of the cereal box?  I can remember scoring a wicked She-Ra tattoo in a box of my favourite cereal when I was 8 years old, and almost immediately, I became the coolest kid on the block.  Kids are crazy about prizes, and this year, members of the Library’s Summer Reading Club are eligible to win Goldeyes tickets, swim passes, books, and more!

5) It’s Fun!
During the school year, kids don’t often have a choice about what they read: whatever teacher says, goes.  Summer, on the other hand, is a time when kids can read whatever they want – whether that be a hilarious graphic novel like Dan Santat’s Sidekicks, a suspenseful page turner like John Grisham’s The Abduction, or a book of weird and wacky facts like Megan McDonald’s Stink-O-Pedia!  Members of the Library’s Summer Reading Club can read anything under the sun!

Registration for Winnipeg Public Library’s Summer Reading Club begins June 27th.  Mark it on your calendar, and drop by any Library branch to sign your kids up.

Lindsay

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