Jun 21

Start of Summer Means Fun Summer Reading Programs

"Childhood Favorites" book sculpture outside of Dolley Madison Library in McLean, VA. Photo credit: Fairfax County Public Library on Flickr.

Today is the first day of summer, and for many local Northern VA and DC-area school kids it also marks the first weekday of summer vacation!

Many local libraries are starting their summer reading programs this week. Even infants and toddlers can often participate (check with your local library) by having their parents read to them and keep track of their book list. My 4-year old son and I have enjoyed our county’s summer reading program (including weekly coupons and prizes!) in the past, and plan to sign up again this week. Here’s a run down of some of the local Northern Virginia summer reading programs through different county public library systems:

Arlington CountyGet Caught Reading for Kids: Hook A Book for pre-schoolers through rising 5th graders. Program runs June 12th – September 11th, 2010. Teens Get Caught Reading for rising 6th graders through 12th graders. Program runs June 12th – August 25th, 2010.

Culpeper CountySummer Reading Program: Make A Splash – Read! for ages infant through grade 5. Runs June 21st – August 2nd, 2010. Summer Reading Program For Teens for ages 12-18. Program runs June 21st – August 2nd, 2010.

Fairfax CountySummer Reading Program: Hook A Book for kids pre-school through 12th grade. Program runs June 21st – September 4th, 2010.

Fauquier CountySummer Reading Program: Hook A Book @ Your Library for kids. Submerge Yourself @ Your Library for teens. Programs run June 1st – August 14th, 2010.

Loudon CountySummer Reading Program: Summer Fun With Smartie for ages birth to teens. Program runs June 19th – August 15th, 2010.

Prince William CountySummer Quest: Toon In At Your Local Library for kids up through elementary school (events and story times listed here); Summer Quest: Wild Reads At Your Library for teenagers (middle school and high school). Program runs June 21st – August 21st, 2010.

Stafford CountySummer Reading Club: Hook A Book for kids. Summer Reading Club: Make Waves At Your Local Library for teens. Program runs June 1st – August 31st, 2010.

Warren CountySummer Reading Program: Read To Me! at Samuel’s Public Library for kids 0-5. Summer Reading Program: Hook A Book for ages 6-11. Summer Reading Program: Submerge Yourself In A Good Book for ages 12-19. Program runs June 14th – August 28th, 2010.

Besides your local library, there are many book stores holding summer reading programs and incentives! Check out the Moneywise Moms post here on the 2010 summer reading programs which includes stores like Barnes & Noble and Borders.

Also, according to Money Saving Mom, TD Bank (for current and new TD Bank customers only) and Pottery Barn Kids are also holding summer reading programs or book clubs for kids!

Happy reading!

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