Summer Adventure Program Roars to Life for 2021

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What's a cat's favorite book? The Great Catsby! This year’s summer reading program — Summer Adventure — is all things animal with the theme “Tales and Tails.” Every other week, participants of all ages will receive a challenge prompt, with five hands-on activity challenges to complete in total from June 1 - July 30. The summer reading program officially kicked off June 1 with an Animal Fair event in collaboration with the Town of Windsor’s History Museum. “We’re diving into this theme by offering tons of animal and story-themed programming and challenges this summer. We are especially excited to emphasize the 'tails' or animal-themed portion of this year's theme,” said Public Services Manager Casey Lansinger-Pierce. New this year: the addition of a reading challenge. “We heard last year that participants missed the read-only track that we've offered in the past,” Lansinger-Pierce shared. “So, we've brought the read-only option back.” And, after more than a year, outdoor, in-person programming has returned. “Another exciting change this year is the addition of outdoor programming,” Lansinger-Pierce shared. “We weren't able to meet in person much last summer, but this year we've planned for many of our programs to take place outside in local parks in Severance and Windsor, or outside the Windsor-Severance Library.” What hasn't changed? The opportunity to win amazing prizes. Each completed hands-on activity or reading challenge will increase the chance to win prizes by age group. At the end of the summer, challenge participants will also be entered into an age-specific grand prize drawing. Prizes include books, a terrarium, a model shark, a Bluetooth speaker, gift cards, and so much more. At the June 1 Animal Fair, families engaged in animal yoga poses, discovered ancient animals that used to live in Windsor, met Colorado wildlife rehabilitators, came face-to-face with real animals, and more. As we return to a sense of “normalcy” in daily library life, we are thankful for many of the opportunities the pandemic brought, including new ways to connect and to keep the summer reading program evolving with new adventures. “Last year we heard that Summer Adventure participants were really loving the challenges we tasked them with, as well as our take-and-make kits. We received so many wonderful comments about how much fun families had together,” said Lansinger-Pierce. “We're excited to continue to offer these engaging experiences again this summer.”Woman and OwlSummer Reading Programs Boost Academics Beyond the fun nature of the activities, our Summer Adventure Program provides tangible benefits that can have a lifelong impact, including increased reading and comprehension skills, closure of achievement gaps, and developed interest in and a habit of reading. “Reading just four to six books over the summer has the potential to prevent a decline in reading achievement scores from the spring to the fall, so even small steps are very beneficial,” states the Colorado Department of Education.Sign Up for Summer Adventure