A Busy Summer Connecting with Young Readers “Beyond Library Walls”

Evanston is for Readers!

Children’s Outreach, led by Laura Antolin, connected with kids in city parks, city camps, and free lunch programs encouraging and supporting reading throughout the summer. In 8 weeks we interacted with hundreds of children and adults, giving away free books, registering and supporting kids in the Summer Reading Program, making library cards, and engaging families and campers in drop-in STEAM programs.

Camps that received library services included: Ridgeville camps, Robert Crown camps, Fleetwood Jourdain’s Summer Diversified Camp, Family Focus, Y.O.U., YMCA camps at Washington School, Foster Reading Center, Oakton School and Kingsley School.

Children’s outreach staff/interns also worked with D65 through the D65 Summer Library Learning Program to welcome families of children with academic need to the library during 4 weeks of programming in June and July. The program was designed to help children become enthusiastic readers. Families were encouraged to participate in the Summer Reading Program and to become comfortable with the library’s resources and staff.

Also in collaboration with D65, through the ABC Boosters program we worked with 73 rising kindergarteners this summer who needed an extra “boost” in preparation for starting school in the Fall. All children showed growth in alphabet recognition and classroom skills.  Research tells us that a solid foundation in reading is crucial to a child’s success as they progress through primary school, into secondary school and then in later life.

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Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.