The Maryland public libraries have the BEST summer reading program ever! And it's FREE!!!
Every summer they host this amazing Reading Program with Sneaks the Cat and all you have to do is sign your kids up. It takes about 2 minutes to sign up and you're good to go for the summer. This year Sneaks encourages you to BE CREATIVE @ Your Library.
When you sign up, you'll receive a Reading Log. In my county, we receive several coupons to local attractions; the added prizes sometimes vary by county. The coupons this year include freebies at the local pick your own farm and free admission to see the local minor league baseball team.
All summer, your kids read for 15 minutes, 5 times a week to win FREE PRIZES. When they read, they color a spot on the reading log. When they've completed 5 you take it to your library and get their free prize. The more weeks you play, the better the prizes! The program runs June 15 - August 15. There's a Read-To-Me program for preschoolers, the regular K-5th grade, and another one for teens.
It's just awesome. We started signing up our kids when my eldest was 3 and every year they get excited about it. It's just soooo cool!
To all those who do not live in Maryland. You're missing out and I'm sorry. I hope your local libraries have a cool Summer Reading Program too.
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