"The library is like a candy store where everything is free".
~~Jamie Ford, American writer (1968- )
Summer Reading Program
The 2017 Summer Reading Program is in full swing through August 3! The summer reading program is a fun way to help children maintain and improve reading skills. This year, the theme is "Build a Better World" and sessions and activities will focus on building, making, doing, and--of course--reading! Here's the scoop on this summer's activities: 2017 SRP Events
Participants (3-12 years old) will be “building” Summer Reading chain necklaces with beads and brag tags that they earn. Beads will be given at each program attended, and brag tags will be given for each activity card completed and turned in. If all 4 activity cards are completed, participants will receive a FREE book!
Children who are not yet enrolled in Kindergarten are invited to participate in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. This free, ongoing program encourages parents to read 1,000 books with their child(ren) before he/she enters school. Parents can pick up a booklet at the library and keep track of titles read (yes, books can be read more than once and count each time!). Upon completion of every 100 books read, return the booklet to the library to receive a sticker. When 1,000 books have been read, bring the booklet to the library for a final time and receive a prize. Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (903) 935-4465. Here are some online resources available for this program:
Reading Lists from Texas Library Association
The 2x2 Reading List is especially for children ages 2-2nd grade. Print out this coloring sheet and for every book read or listened to, color the corresponding section. When the coloring sheet is complete, bring it to the Marshall Public Library for a prize!
The Texas Bluebonnet Award List is especially for children in 3rd-6th grade. Print out this coloring sheet and for every book read or listened to, color the corresponding section. When the coloring sheet is complete, bring it to the Marshall Public Library for a prize!
Children's Book Awards
Here are links to quality, award-winning books perfect for kids (and kids at heart)!