"Studies have shown that children who continue to read during the summer months perform significantly better than those who do not," said Children's Librarian Alice Sherwood. "Children who are already reading increase their skills, reading fluency and comprehension; those who are just starting to read do not lose the early achievements they have made during the school year."
The goal of the program is to encourage all participants to continue to read over the summer and at the same time have fun doing so. The theme will be explored through a variety of entertaining programs over a seven-week period, including storytelling, music and drums, classic folk and fairy tales, live animals from around the world and a finale filled with the wonders of magic. All children who are reading independently are welcome to join the Summer Reading Program, while babies, toddlers and pre-school children may participate in the Read-To-Me Club. Registration for the Summer Reading Program will begin on Monday, June 13. The official program will begin on Monday, June 27. Children may register and join the program at any time during the summer.
For a complete listing of story times, books clubs and craft programs check out the Greenwich Library website at www.greenwichlibrary.org or call the Children's Room at 203-622-7940.
Summer Reading kicks off with a National Marionette Theatre production of Sleeping Beauty on Saturday, June 25, 2 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium. The award winning National Marionette Theater will bring their imaginative and fully staged performance of Sleeping Beauty. Princess Aurora has been asleep for almost 100 years and Prince Steffon resolves to rescue her. Told from the prince's point of view with beautifully crafted marionettes and the timeless music from Tchaikovsky's ballet. Recommended for family audiences ages 5 and up. Raffles and refreshments will follow the performance.