The superhero staff of the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) system are gearing up for this year’s Summer Reading Club, with a series of free concerts, programs and contests on tap for heroes of every age. The club’s first event features a bilingual performance by Cecilia Esquivel of Cantaré on May 29 at 11 a.m. at the Marley Station Mall.
The theme of this year’s club is Every Hero has a Story: Be a Hero, Read! The program will celebrate heroes, whether they wear capes and can fly or they serve their community like firefighters, teachers and doctors. Each of AACPL’s 15 branches will feature family friendly programs and events designed to help children of all ages keep their reading skills sharp while having lots of fun.
“Summer reading programs can have a tremendous impact on student achievement. It has been demonstrated in countless studies that the early development of summer reading habits can play a critical role in providing a solid foundation for later academic success,” says AACPL CEO Skip Auld. “The AACPL superhero staff are proud to offer a program which can help children retain essential reading skills in a refreshing and entertaining way.”
In addition to the kickoff event at Marley Station Mall, AACPL will present three other free Summer Reading Club concerts across the county. The performers include the Milkshake Duo at the Annapolis Towne Centre on June 6 at 11:30 a.m., Rob Levit Trio at Edgewater Community Library on June 19 at noon and Kevin Martin & The Geckos at Quiet Waters Park on July 27 at 7 p.m.
Additionally, each branch will offer three special programs as part of the club. Eco Adventures will present The Incredibles!, where participants can see and learn about animal heroes who use surprising powers to survive in their environment. Popular magician Joe Romano will share his SuperHero Magic! act where comic books are brought to life and show that reading and magic can help overcome any obstacle. YoJo!, the huggable, friendly and furry friend will amuse and encourage reading in a program for all ages. Additionally, Super Kevin, of Rock Creek Steel Drums and The Geckos will perform a family friendly concert and some branches. All events blend together fun activities, but teach the importance of reading at the same time.
To encourage family time and a love for reading, Summer Reading Club participants are also encouraged to complete seven learning activities per week, record their participation in a Summer Reading Log and have it stamped by a librarian. Participants get a prize after completing five weeks of activities. Activities include visiting a museum, taking a walk in nature, writing a poem and 25 other suggestions.
Registration for the 2015 Summer Reading Club begins on May 29 at any of the 15 county libraries or at any of the concerts. Readers of all ages are encouraged to sign up. All participants ages 15 and younger will receive a free voucher for a special Summer Reading Night at the Bowie Baysox on August 8. Additionally, participants who complete the challenges will be entered into a drawing to win a four-pack of tickets to a Baltimore Orioles game or to visit the Maryland Science Center. One winner will be chosen at each branch library.
Teens can also join in the summer fun at AACPL by participating in a book review contest. Using words, gifs, pictures and videos, teens can submit a book review with the chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Third Eye Comics in Annapolis. The winner will drawn at random.
Meanwhile, adults can participate in the Summer Reading Club through the Have Library Card, Will Travel photo contest where card holders can tweet or Facebook a photo of themselves with and their library card while on vacation. Just remember to add #aacpl in your caption. The grand prize winner and second place winner will be chosen at random, as well as winners for categories such as most exotic, most creative, etc. The grand prize is a Chesapeake Bay Watermark Cruise for two and the second place prize is a $25 gift certificate to Homestead Gardens.
Other sponsors of the Summer Reading Club include Chick fil A, Skate Zone and the South County Senior Center. For more information about the Anne Arundel County Public Library including a complete list of programs and events for the Summer Reading Club, visit the system’s website at http://www.aacpl.net/src.