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How to Keep Children Reading During the Summer

Summer is a great time to get your children excited about reading and sharpen their reading skills at the same time!


Relax a little bit — try not to worry about a daily time requirement or minimum number of pages; instead, let them choose what, when, and where they read.
There are lots of ways to keep kids reading this summer.
Read aloud
Take turns reading aloud with your child. You can each read a page, or for older readers, you can take turns reading chapters. Kids never get too old to be read aloud to, and listening to you model good reading helps them develop strong skills. Take time to ask questions as you go along, to check for understanding.
Have a good variety of reading material.
Chapter books are wonderful, but don’t forget non-fiction!
Magazines and newspapers are great too.  You never know what might spark their interest!
Be a good reading model
If kids see the adults around them reading often, they will see that reading is enjoyable.  Talking to your kids about what you’re reading shows them that reading is an important and meaningful experience.
Going somewhere?
Summertime is a great time to explore museums, parks, and the beach.  If you are planning a trip somewhere, encourage them to read a book about where you are going.
If you’re taking an extended trip, be sure to bring your child’s favorite series.
Find time to read.
Summer can be a very busy time, filled with vacations as well as all kinds of activities. Make sure to set aside time for them to read.
Learn something new!
Books can teach kids how to make or do something, such as make crafts or build a fairy house.
“How-to books” are a great way to get kids reading, learning, and keep them busy!
Make sure to visit the library!


 Our summer reading program is in full swing– be sure to stop by the children’s room and ask about it!  Our theme this year is “Everyday Heroes”, and we have lots of activities to go along with it. Also, if your child doesn’t have a library card, summer is a great time to sign up for one!

35 Years, 3 Generations of Families, Some Amazingly Wonderful Patrons.

Where did the years go?

As I begin my retirement, there are certain things of which I am sure.
I will deeply miss:
  • The wonderful Gardiner Library staff.  Our collaboration, laughter, problem solving, and friendship goes far beyond most working environments. Together we have made GPL one of the premier libraries in the state. You are the Best!
  • Selecting books for the children’s collection.
  • School visits with dedicated teachers.
  • Meetings & conferences with colleagues.
  • And finally, all the energetic, super terrific children whom I’ve had the privilege to watch grow up and become readers.
 Thank you all!
And a special appreciation to the many thoughtful people who’ve taken the time to phone, stop by, write wonderful messages on Facebook, and indulge me with flowers & gifts.  I am so honored!
Charlene Wagner, Children’s Librarian

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

While visiting a public library in Fort Myers, Florida last week I learned of a reading challenge for new parents called “1000 Books Before Kindergarten”.
It’s a great way to encourage reading and create a foundation of knowledge before children begin school.  By reading just 3 stories a day you and your child will meet a goal of 1000 books in one year.
If you are interested in this idea, stop by the library and pick up a reading sheet to get started.
  Charlene Wagner, Children’s Librarian

Great Holiday Reads

Okay, let’s admit it, the holidays are very stressful.  Celebrants scramble through stores looking for the perfect gift knowing that as time gets closer to the holidays supplies dwindle and panic can set in!  The staff suggests taking some time for your self and yes, check out a good book to read.
As they say at all the retail spots, we have something for everyone but here, you can have it all for free!  Come on in and re-read a classic…when was the last time you read Gift of the Magi by O’Henry?  I know that we have all seen the great renditions of Dicken’s classic, A Christmas Carol but everyone should go back and read the original Charles Dickens tale; it is filled with wonderful characters and great ghosts using the backdrop of Victorian London.  After reading this story you KNOW what they mean when people say that a person is a great Dickensonian character.  You will also discover why Marley’s ghost had a handkerchief tied around his head and honestly, it is rather macabre!
Please, let’s not forget the great children’s classics.  Go now and read Dr Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas…he is truly a mean one that Mr. Grinch!  Sometimes crying is a great stress buster too.  We can help you tear up by suggesting Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl; the story of a young girl who clearly never caught a break over the holidays.  There are many different versions of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore and some have exquisite illustrations.  Come in and check them out (literally) and make that story part of your family’s tradition.
So, if reading does not defeat the panic that is building up all around you, you just may want to consider attending our Saturday workshop, Holistic Healing Energy with Jeannie Sullivan .  She can help you get your chakras aligned and your energy in balance and that will certainly alleviate your stress.
Whatever you do over the holidays please know that all of us at the Gardiner Public Library wish you great holidays to be spent with great friends and families and, when the year comes to an end, we will welcome in the New Year with some more great titles!
Anne Davis, Library Director

Non-Fiction for Children!

One of the unexpected advantages of incorporating books from the now closed satellite library at the Boys & Girls Club is the wonderful non-fiction titles that have moved over.  We had shared two major Scholastic collections, “A Wicked History” and “You Wouldn’t Want to Be . . .” These are both historical sets that have been extremely popular.


Non-fiction books for children have changed dramatically in the last few decades.  Many incorporate colorful illustrations and text that is not only very readable but fascinating as well – as in “hard to put down”


Come in and check out these two great series at the Gardiner Public Library!
 Charlene Wagner, Children’s Librarian



Saturday, June 22, 2013 Gardiner Public Library is holding its annual Summer Book Sale from 9:00 – 4:00.  Our sale is part of the Greater Gardiner River Festival. 
We have many, Many, MANY great books for you reading pleasure!  We don’t have everything set up yet, but . . .
Fiction – Lots and lots of great novels, and even some not so great ones, but all fun to read!
Non-Fiction – I have seen some books on animals – both wild and domestic ; cookbooks ; self-help items ; art/drawing books ; craft books and much more!
Children’s and Young Adult items of all sorts!
I have noticed some DVDs and VHS tapes as they have been moved into the Hazzard Reading Room.
Personally, I have not seen any music or “talking books”, but that truly means very little, as I have not handled much of what is available.
As always, the prices are great!!!  Most adult books are $1.00 and children’s are $.50.
Monday the 24th will be “Buck-A-Bag” day (10:30 – 5:00)!  Believe it or not – $1.00 for a bag of books!  Generally a bag will hold 20 items, so come on in!!
Please, come on in and visit as you wander downtown Gardiner enjoying the Greater Gardiner River Festival!

Award Winning Children’s Books

Every winter children’s librarians anxiously anticipate the announcement of the premier awards given to citizens or residents of the United States: otherwise known as Newbery & Caldecott Awards.
This year’s winners are: “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate (Newbery Medal for the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published by an American publisher) and “This is Not My Hat” by Jon Klassen (Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children).
I’m happy to report that you can find copies of both books at the Gardiner Public Library.  Unfortunately since they were purchased earlier in the year our copies are lacking the wonderful gold seal that distinguishes them as winners.
Many wonderful new fiction and non-fiction books are added to the collections every month.  The majority of these selections are chosen because of the excellent reviews they received from professional reviewers.
Come in to the Gardiner Public Library to enjoy our many “winning” books.
 Charlene Wagner, Children’s Librarian