Library’s winter reading program continues with families in mind
By Susan Greenwood www.naperville-lib.org January 2, 2013 6:32PM
Updated: February 5, 2013 6:11AM
Schools are in the middle of winter break and the Naperville Public Library offers many opportunities for families to spend a little time together doing fun things.
In fact, that’s the whole purpose behind the Winter Family Read Aloud Program — families should enjoy reading and doing other fun activities together during January. Until Thursday, Jan. 24, each family can register for the program and receive logs to record their family’s read aloud and other recommended fun activity sessions. Each log can be returned for prizes and a chance to win Chicago Wolves hockey tickets plus a grand raffle prize. Readers have until Jan. 31 to redeem log prizes.
Families spending time together is the core of this program. Reading books only captures the very tip of the iceberg of fun things families can do. What about playing cards? This is not only a great family activity but it’s a sneaky way of polishing math skills. And then what about all those wonderful board games where you have to read the cards so you know your next move?
Are any road trips planned? This is a great time to cobble together some family time. Just passing around a short book where everyone gets to read two pages (driver excepted, of course) is a wonderful way to share good books, practice reading skills and, of course, pass time. Come attend any of the storytimes in January and it counts as a family activity to color on the log.
Another great family activity will be the visit of Alex Friesen, a center with the Chicago Wolves Hockey Team. Alex will talk about reading and hockey at 4 p.m. Jan. 14 in the Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. This exciting visit by a player who was named top penalty-killer and top faceoff man is part of the library’s Winter Family Read Aloud Program. One lucky child will have the opportunity to try on the official hockey gear and everyone can get Alex’s autograph.
So what are you waiting for? It’s easy to join the library’s Winter Family Read Aloud Program. Families with children (infant to grade 5) and at least one adult can participate by registering at any children’s services desk. Families will need at least one Naperville Library card to register. Don’t live in Naperville? You can register for $5 per child.
This program is sponsored by the Chicago Wolves, Classic Cinemas Ogden 6, Colonial Café, Jump Zone, Texas Roadhouse and Jet’s Pizza.
For more information about this and other children’s programs, visit our website, www.naperville-lib.info or call one of the children’s services departments, general number is 630-961-4100, and the extensions are: Nichols Library, ext. 6128; Naper Boulevard Library, ext. 2208; and 95th Street Library, ext. 4961. If you need accessibility information, call Lisa West at 630-961-4100, ext. 2231.
Susan Greenwood is the community relations coordinator at the Naperville Public Library. Contact her at 630-961-4100, ext. 2223, or email@example.com.