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Registration Begins – Tuesday, June 20
Program Ends – Thursday, August 3
What Is It?
The Children's Summer Reading Program is a free, 6-week program, built around the theme Build A Better World, to encourage kids going into Grades K - 5 to keep reading over the summer months.    It is very flexible and consists of reading incentives (prizes, sticker, raffle tickets) and a series of fun programs to attend.
The purpose of the SRP is to nurture a love of reading and to prevent a “summer slide” in reading skills. Kids are encouraged to read whatever is of interest to them.  Books, magazines, graphic novels, e-books and audiobooks all count.  Content may be fiction or non-fiction.
Kids who are at camp or away on vacation may still participate in the program. Register and pick up a reading log before you go or we can e-mail you one. Track your reading while you’re away and, when you return, we will catch you up with prizes, stickers, and raffle tickets.
Answers to some common questions about the SRP may be found below along with links to the South Orangetown School District, RCLS, and ALSC book lists.
Answers to Common Questions
Who can join the Children’s SRP?
Children going into K – 5th Grade in Fall 2017.  Children from all schools and communities are welcome.  However, you must have a library card from an RCLS library in order to check out materials.
What do I have to do to participate in the SRP?
  1. REGISTER by coming into the library on Tuesday, June 20 or soon after.  Pick up a reading log and register for programs.
  2. READ and come into the library periodically to pick up prizes, stickers and raffle tickets and, of course, more books!
  3. ATTEND programs and have fun.
  4. FINISH reading log and get a free book and ice cream party!
If I’m going into Middle School, should I join the Tween/Teen or Children’s Program?
Since you are moving up in school, we suggest that you move up to our Teen/Tween program as well. If you prefer to do the Children’s program you may.
Can I join more than one library summer reading program?
Yes!  You may join as many as you like.
Can I do more than one Reading Log?
Each child may do a total of two reading logs. You will continue to get stickers and raffle tickets but no additional prizes or free book.
Do I have to go to programs in order to join the SRP?
The programs are for you to enjoy.  You are welcome to just do the Reading Log and do not need to attend programs unless you want to.

Is it possible for me to just attend programs and not join the SRP?
No, you must register for the SRP in order to attend summer programs.
Links to Book Lists

ALSC Summer Reading Lists Birth - 5th Grade
RCLS SRP Reading List - Grades PreK - 2
RCLS SRP Reading List - Grades 3 - 6
William O. Schaefer Summer Reading Information

Summer Early Literacy Program
for 3 and 4 Year Olds!
Come into the library, beginning on June 20, and pick up an activity sheet filled with fun, early literacy activities for you and child to do together at home. Complete and return it by August 3rd and get a free book to take home. Also join us for:
It’s Storytime! – Thursdays at 11:00 am
Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, feltboard and movement games. Adult caregiver must accompany child. No registration needed.
Little Builders – Tuesdays at 1:30 pm
Listen to stories and explore different building materials to play with each week. Blocks, Brain Flakes plus much more! Adult caregiver must accompany child. Registration is required.
Remember you’re also welcome to come to the library at other times to relax in the air-conditioning, read books together, color on our large paper-covered Children’s table, and play with some of our quality children’s toys!