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Children's Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading ProgramFIZZ, BOOM, READ @ the Simpson Public Library



You!  Everyone, from infants to fifth grade, is invited and encouraged to READ or BE READ TO this summer.  Register for the Summer Reading Program online or at the library.  Registration is required and begins on May 12, 2014.





Read anything you like! Then, choose a reasonable, attainable weekly reading goal. Whether your child reads alone or is read to, we encourage them to keep those books open all summer and keep track of their reading progress. Record that reading progress by putting a check mark on each day you read or by writing the number of books or minutes read or listened to on the calendar. To receive your weekly prizes, bring the calendar to the Children's desk at the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library.  The deadline for turning in your calendar and receiving your prizes is August, 22.  Pick up a calendar at the library, or print out our online calendar. (PDF, 187KB, 2 pages)



Read at home, on vacation, at the library, anywhere! The library offers weekly Storytimes for all ages and special events (registration required) on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. TICKETS ARE REQUIRED for the Tuesday special events. Tuesday’s special events are most appropriate for preschool age children and Wednesday’s special events are most appropriate for grade-school age children.



June 7 – August 1, 2014Summer Reading

Our Summer Reading Kickoff is Saturday, June 7.  Sign up and join us at the library from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm on June 7, for hot dogs, popcorn, beverages, crafts, and activities to celebrate reading and to kick off the Summer Reading Program. Begin to record your reading that day and continue to do so until Friday, August 1. The Mayor’s Award Program will be held on Saturday, August 9, at 10:30 am at Friendship Park in Upper Allen Township following our Run for Reading 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk.



Young children who are not readers yet will reap the benefits of increasing their vocabulary, discovering the significance of the printed words, and obtaining a love of books from listening to parents read stories to them. Research has shown that school children who spend part of their summer reading are more likely to maintain their reading skills when they return to school in the fall.



Join us for Book Buddies, a special Storytime each Friday afternoon of the eight Summer Reading weeks at 1:00 pm. Several young adults plan and present these Storytimes which are full of stories, crafts and snacks for children of all ages!


Thank you to our 2014 Summer Reading Challenge Sponsors


Texas RoadhouseChick-fil-A






Harrisburg SenatorsOlive Garden






Sweet Frog




























UGI Utilities, Inc

Carlisle Carrier Corporation

United Concordia Companies, Inc.

PPG Industries





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April 25, 2014

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