Reading Buddies eNews
Information and resources for Imagination Library families
June 2016
Reading Buddies Events
Learn the importance of reading with your children from birth!

  Reading Buddies Event at the
Lincoln Community Center Library
Thursday, June 16 | 10:00-11:00AM
1255 Manchester Road, Erie, PA 16505

All children ages 6 mo. through 5 yrs. are invited to attend the Storytime Program on Thursday morning from 10:00-11:00am. Volunteers will read books to the children. Family storytime at the Lincoln Community Center Library includes books, songs, movement, and crafts. On June 16th, a Reading Buddies presentation will also be open to parents and other caring adults.

To find out about other family friendly events this month, check out the  Reading Buddies Calendar .

Continue to practice Reading Buddies techniques to help your child develop language, communication and reading comprehension skills!
When you first hear the term "summer slide" you probably think of playground equipment or a water slide, but it can also be a dangerous side effect of children who are not actively engaged in learning over the summer months.
Summer slide is the tendency for children to lose some of the academic gains that they achieved during the school year because they aren't reading. However, research has shown that encouraging kids to read just six books, or 20 minutes a day, over the summer can help beat the summer slide!

Kids from birth through grade 12 can attend one of the Book Swap locations below to take home FREE BOOKS! No books? No problem, Book Swaps are open to everyone, no books required!

Summer Slide Book Swap Locations

Bayfront Nato Martin Luther King Center
Thursday, June 2
2:30pm - 5:00pm

Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood  Network-East
Thursday, June 16
12:00 - 2:00pm

Bayfront Eastside Taskforce 
(BEST) Corner Store
Thursday, June 16
2:00pm - 4:00pm

John F. Kennedy Center
Wednesday, June 22
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Union City Public Library
Wednesday, June 22

North East McCord Memorial Library
Thursday, June 23

Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network- West
Thursday, June 23
1:00 - 2:00pm
I nternational Gardens, 
400 block of West 18th Street

Rice Avenue Public Library
Friday, June 24
12:00pm - 3:00pm

Read Aloud Matters Guide

Give everything a name.
Build your child's vocabulary by talking about interesting words and objects.For example, "Look at that airplane. Those are the wings of the plane. Why do you think they are called wings?"

For more reading tips, check out  Tools & Tips for Reading with Children .

Download a Reading Guide for the Im agination Library book  "Old Bear and His Cub" by Olivier Dunrea.

If you are not receiving the books from the Imagination Library contact  Joanna Peters  at 814.456.2937  or
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You're invited to participate in a mind-expanding Summer Reading Challenge at the Erie County Public Library!

Registration begins on June 11th at the Blasco Memorial Library, Bookmobile, Edinboro Branch, Iroquois Branch, Lincoln Community Center and Millcreek Branch. 

Everyone who completes 5 hours of reading will receive a prize from one of the community sponsors and an entry into a grand prize drawing. Keep reading for more chances to win a grand prize!

Kick off the Summer Library Challenge with us on June 11th with the Wild by Design Show with Carnegie Science Center's in the H. O. Hirt Auditorium at the Blasco Library.  Learn more
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