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Robots and readers rule

Posted May 07, 2014 in Community Featured, Greene County

Warn…ing! Warn…ing! Ro…bots are tak…ing o…ver the li…bra…ry this sum…mer!

For children 4 years old through fifth grade, it’s a summer filled with “Fizz, Boom, Read!”, the theme for the 2014 Children’s Summer Reading Program at the Jefferson Public Library. Join us for LegoBot Day, Scanimation, Alka-Seltzer Rockets, Rubber Eggs, Sense-sational Experiments and Einstein’s Café.  Books, games, contests,  movies, and prizes — we’ll be doing that and more.  The Science Center will be bringing hair-raising experiments and electrifying explosions in June. In July, “Mr. Magic” Jonathan May will delight his audiences with sleight of hand magic tricks.

RobotreadingThe activity packet is very portable — it can be taken to the ball park, on vacation or to Grandma’s house. Children earn incentives for tasks completed and books read, along with a final party at the end. Every child who completes the program earns a T-shirt, free book, pizza and ice cream certificates, zoo pass, bookmark, and a reading certificate. A grand prize is also awarded.

Why should children participate in a summer reading program at their local library? Research shows that children who read over the summer do better in school in the fall. Children who choose their own books and read for fun out-perform children who don’t. Reading just five books can prevent academic loss during the summer months. By the end of sixth grade, children who do not read over the summer are two years behind other children in their grade. (Source:; summer/research.htm)

The Teen Summer Reading Program theme is “Spark a Reaction,” for youth going into sixth through 12th grades. Teens will explore heredity and inventions, make robots and elephant toothpaste, eat gross food and bob for eyeballs. Teens meet on Thursday afternoons for a summer filled with books, games, movies, crafts, snacks and prizes.

Registration for the summer programs begins June 1. The summer reading programs are free due to the generous sponsorship of local businesses and organizations.

Most local libraries offer summer reading programs. For more information, call your local public library.

“Come to the li…bra…ry where ro…bots and read…ers rule!” says Read R. Robot.

Jefferson Public Library
200 West Lincoln Way
386-2835 Adult Dept.
386-4415  Children’s Dept.
Winter hours:
Mon. and Wed.: 1-8 p.m.
Tues. and Thurs.:
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 1 – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

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