Have you read a good book lately? Our children have.
Actually the number is 12,119 books last summer alone. And that’s just young readers. Teens checked out 935 books over the summer months.
The Livingston Library will kick off fall storytimes next week. There is still time to register (call 973-992-4600, ext. 270) for the programs running Oct. 11-Nov. 21.
The programs are wildly popular, librarians say.
This summer, for example, close to 1,000 children and teens participated in the Livingston Library’s reading program.
What were they reading? In addition to the huge popularity of the Harry Potter books (no doubt brought about by the release of the latest Potter movie), the series like The Wimpy Kid, Weird School, Don’t Let The Pigeon, Piggy & Elephant, Fancy Nancy, Pinkalicious, and Percy Jackson had children enthralled.
“The kids were participating in the programs and they were excited about what they were reading,” said Children’s Librarian Amanda Winter.
There’s a bunch of book recommended for the preschool set: Little Bunny’s Preschool Countdown (call number JE BOELTS), Mr. Green Peas (call number JE CASELEY), and Pete and Polo’s Big Adventure (call number JE REYNOLDS)
For kindergarteners, the library recommends: My Mom Made Me Go To School (call number JE DELTON), The Kissing Hand (call number JE PENN), Rachel Parker, Kindergarten Show Off (call number JE MARTIN), the Miss Bindergarten series (JE SLATE), and Emily’s First 100 Days Of Kindergarten (call number JE WELLS).
Register now for Livingston Library's book discussion groups for kids, Yakety Yak and Xtreme Readers. In each of these groups, members read the book of the month independently, then come to the meeting to discuss what they have read, play games, have refreshments, make new friends, and have fun.
Mark your calendar for two special programs this fall:
BEATLES & BUBBLEGUM FAMILY NIGHT
Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 p.m.
Registration begins Monday, October 3
Musician Ray ‘StingRay’ Leone comes to the library to rock out! This high-energy family show explores the music of the Beatles and the Bubblegum artists of the 1970s.
Wednesday, November 30, 4:00 p.m.
Registration begins Monday, November 14
Children’s book author Patricia Brady-Danzig will read her book, “Fabrizio’s Fable” in both English and Italian. Children will have an opportunity to discuss the book with the author.
Learn more about the fall offerings for children @ http://livingston.bccls.org/events-children.html
And remember: You influence what your kids see and do. The more you read to them and the more they see you read, the more they’ll want to do it, too. Reading truly is one of life’s pleasures – no matter what the season!