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Summer Reading Lists
Pequot Library, in conjunction with the Fairfiled Public Library and the Fairfield School District's Media Specialists has prepared the following suggested summer reading lists for Grades K-5. All of these materials are available in our Children's Room. Also included here are Fairfield's middle school and high school summer reading suggestions.
Summer Reading Program
The goal of our Summer Reading Program is to encourage children to continue reading throughout the summer months, and to provide a fun and free learning activity for the community that can engage children on a daily basis. Our program welcomes pre-readers through readers entering fifth grade. Pre-readers may have books read TO them.
To generate enthusiasm, a lively reading game is designed each year around a particular theme. The purpose of this activity is to provide an incentive: children receive prizes for time spent reading. Any book read at home, on vacation, or in the Library will be eligible for their reading log.
When children sign up to play, they will be given a poster, a bookmark, and a reading record. The reading record stays on file in the Library and is updated when kids visit. Again, children keep track of MINUTES READ, not the number of books read. Kids add a sticker to the reading record for every HALF HOUR of reading. Prizes are awarded every THREE hours through a self-serve, honor system. Additionally, a child will earn the opportunity to put a bonus raffle ticket in the fish bowl of his/her choice, for a chance at winning more substantial prizes. Raffle tickets may be obtained at the Front Desk.
The most engaging component of our summer reading program is the VISUAL aspect it provides. Kids select one of several characters related to the current summer’s theme as a way to chart their progress. Following a clothesline which has been strung throughout the Children’s Department, they move their character along it according to how much they have read. Each hour has a milestone marker. Children are able to actually SEE where they are going and where they have been, in terms of time devoted to being readers. They have a self-inspired goal and they are on a journey—what we hope will be a lifelong journey of active reading for pleasure, information and self-discovery.
Come play with us!