If the Starks from Game of Thrones were librarians, they would ominously say, “Summer is coming!” What exactly does that mean and why does it matter?
Hiawatha Public Library doesn’t consider summer frightening but instead revels in the opportunity it presents. So what is coming this summer? On June 3, the Library launches A Universe of Stories, an out of this world incentive-based reading program. Universe invites readers of all ages to connect with books and their library while earning rewards.
That’s the what, but why? Adults, families, teens and young kids seek activities and structure to replace the void created by the absence of school. Summer reading provides that.
Summer reading offers the flexibility of trying new things and meeting new people without dipping into your wallet. Often, lasting connections are formed not just with individuals and families, but also with the library itself.
Libraries embrace the opportunity to be a “third place” in the community. Outside of work or school, or home, Hiawatha Public Library is a community meeting place where educational and recreational ideas flow freely. Summer reading enhances that.
Finally, summer reading is about outcomes such as stemming learning loss and advancing school readiness but above all, it’s about having fun. Try a new author, tackle that personal “movies to watch” list, take in a story time with your grandchild, learn from our NASA Solar System Ambassador or check out an audio book for that long bike ride.
Yes, summer is coming and Hiawatha Public Library is eager to make it warm and welcoming.
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