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Reading for 20 minutes each day helps children strengthen literacy skills over the summer


Dear WES Families,

Experts in the field of literacy have long encouraged students to read during the summer as it enhances the literacy skills developed throughout the school year. Reading for enjoyment is a practice that helps children increase their vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Therefore, it is extremely important for all students to read over the summer!

Watervliet Elementary School students can start strong in September with summer reading. During the summer recess, all students should read at least 20 minutes per day. The books students are reading should be at their appropriate reading level. Our goal is to keep students reading over the summer and support a love of reading.

Listed below are 10 Easy Ways to Get Children to Read this Summer. These ideas are from the New York State Library system and include engaging activities for children and parents. Additional summer reading programs will be hosted by the Watervliet Public Library, (see a schedule of events below). The public library is a great place to borrow new books to read, listen to a story and get recommendations for reading activities.

Upon returning to school in September, students will be asked to share their summer reading experience with their teacher and classmates. The format of the in-class discussion will vary from teacher to teacher.

We hope that you enjoy summer reading as a family while promoting creativity, engagement and fun with books! It is our hope that students will be able to set aside time each day to help establish a “reading habit,” that we at WES try to nurture during the school year. Thank you for continued support in the education of your child!

Happy Summer,

The Reading Department


10 Easy Ways to Get Children to Read this Summer


Children who read do better in school—so make sure your child is a reader!

1.  Get your child a library card at your local public library. It’s free!

2.  Sign your child up for Summer Reading at the local public library and enjoy free programs with fun
activities, storytelling, reading contests, crafts and more.

3.  Read with your child every day. Take advantage of “waiting” time to share books: on trips, at the doctor’s office, in
line at the grocery store.

4.  Take a basket of books for reading breaks from the sun, water, and sand at the beach, lake, or pool.

5.  Read on your own and talk to your child about what you’re reading. Families who share reading experiences raise children who read well.

6.  Visit the library every week and bring the whole family.

7.  Need books in languages other than English? Ask a librarian!

8.  Use the closed captioning during TV shows so children see the words as they hear them.

9.  Keep a list on the refrigerator of the books everyone has read during the summer.

10. Discover the world by reading books from your local public library. Choose a subject of interest for
the entire family, so that every family member can share what they have learned and share ideas.


Summer Reading at New York Libraries is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State
Education Department and is funded through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds
awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.
For more information visit www.summerreadingnys.org


Robert A. Fahr Watervliet Public Library “Libraries Rock”

Summer Reading Schedule of Events, July & August 2018

•   Saturday, June 23 at 11 a.m., “Libraries Rock” opening concert featuring The Mother Goose Jazz Band:​ An
entertaining, upbeat and educational program, The Mother Goose Jazz Band blends traditional children's verses with
contemporary styles to create music which will appeal to listeners young and old.

•   Mondays at 7 p.m., Juice & Jammies Storytime for Families:​ Drop in for a story, craft and snack.

•   Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., Morning Family Storytime @ the Library:​ Drop in for a story, craft and snack.

•   Tuesday, July 10 at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.: “Community Read to Screen” (book talk and movie,) ​A Wrinkle in Time
by ​Madeleine L'Engle: It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. Geared toward grade 3 and up. Movie rating: PG

•   Thursday July 12 at 10:30 a.m.: National Summer Reading Day: ​Morning Family Storytime will feature “Trombone

•   Thursday, July 12 at 2:30 p.m.: Make Guitar Picks @ the Library:​ We’ll make homemade guitar picks! All ages

•   Saturday, July 14 at 11 a.m.: Kindness Rocks:​ Libraries Rock, and so does kindness. Drop by and decorate kindness rocks with us. Learn about the nationwide project designed to generate good will in communities. All ages welcome.

•   Thursday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m.: Third Thursday Science Cafe: Nature Sounds: ​Five Rivers Educational Center presents
“Nature Sounds.” Learn about all the interesting sounds you can hear in nature, and how animals use their sounds to
communicate. All ages welcome.

•   Friday, July 20 at 4 p.m.:  ​American Tales & Tunes, ​presented by Bright Star Theater​; ​Folk songs and folktales from
across America come to life in this music-filled adventure. We’ve delved deep into American literature from the Jack
Tales of the Appalachian region to the fishing docks of New England and have created a vibrant and energetic show that
seamlessly blends these fantastic regional stories with classic American folk songs like “Shenandoah” and “Shady
Grove.” Geared toward prek- elementary school children and their families.

•   Wednesday, July 25 at 3 p.m.: Dance the Afternoon Away @ the Library:​ Professional Dance Instructor Beth Jacobs
tells stories with books and dance. Elementary school students and their caregivers are invited to get down and boogie.

•   Wednesday July 25 at 4:30 p.m. Dance the Afternoon Away @ the Library for Teens: ​Professional Dance Instructor
Beth Jacobs teaches an Intro to Modern Dance Class. Practice steps that are used on Broadway.

•   Saturday, July 28 at 11 a.m. ​Giraffes Can’t Dance​:​ Saturday Storytime with WMHT. Why can’t those Giraffes Dance?
Make a craft and bring home a storybook. Geared for children prek- grade 2 and their families. Seating is limited,
registration recommended. director@watervlietpubliclibrary.org or 518-274-4471

•   Tuesday, July 31 at 6 p.m. Music Trivia @ the Library:​ Drop in for some fun music Trivia. How well do you know
today’s current music? The golden oldies? Opera? Join us and test your knowledge. Geared toward adults.

•   Thursday, August 2 at 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Karaoke @ the Library​: Drop by and check out for Karaoke. We’ll have a
great time “singing” some tunes. All ages welcome.

•   Thursday, August 9 at 3 p.m. Create a 3D Sculptural Music Instrument:​ The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery
at Skidmore College helps young readers express their creativity. Participants will use bowls and cups as our building
material. We will have some colorful tissue papers, beads, different color and size tape, glue. Students will look at images
of artwork by Dona Nelson and picture of Galindo music instrument for inspiration. Geared for elementary school aged
children. Seating is limited, registration recommended. director@watervlietpubliclibrary.org or 518-274-4471

•   Saturday, August 11 at 11 a.m. Tie Dye Handkerchiefs@ the Library: ​Drop by and tie dye with us!

•   Tuesday, August 14, at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. “Community Read to Screen” (book talk & movie,) ​Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline. Drop in for a book talk and screening of “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline. In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape. Geared toward grade 8 and up. Movie rating PG 13.

•   Thursday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m. Third Thursday Science Cafe, Music Gadget Concierge:​ Scott Thraler shows off the
latest and greatest gadgets in making music. Interact with a cavalcade of levitating speakers, recording notebooks,
self-tuning guitars and other cool modern instruments and music-related gadgets you’ve probably never seen or heard, but truly rock. All ages welcome.

•   Tuesday, August 21 at 6 p.m. Let’s Drum! ​Jonathan Duda helps us lay a foundation to understand the significance of
rhythm in all music. Become familiar with the two basic sounds of a drum: bass & tone—and be able to incorporate them
into a basic, traditional rhythm. Geared toward children in Prek-Elementary school and their families.

•   Saturday, August 25 at 12 p.m. Acoustic Blues and Gospel Concert with Robin O’Herin: ​Robin specializes in
historically rich, interactive concerts that include original and traditional American music. Robin was a finalist in the 2013
Memphis Blues Challenge. She played in the Tropea Blues Festival in Trope, Italy in September '06. She was the
headlining act in the Resophonic Blues Festival in Pilzen, CZ. in '05. Close out summer reading with the very cool cat.
Light refreshments served. All ages welcome.