The dog days of summer are upon us and change is in the air so I'm finding it hard to focus. Here are just a few of the things I've been thinking about this week.....
- I'm older than I thought. Last weekend, I went to a Bowie Baysox baseball game and the Naval Academy freshman class was in attendance. None of them sang along with Tom Cruise and Co. when the "You've Got That Lovin' Feeling" scene from Top Gun was shown on the centerfield scoreboard. We soon realized that these kids weren't born until 1995 -- 9 years after that movie was released. That also means no one in college these days was born pre-World Wide Web
- It's not too late to sign up for our Summer Reading Club. The deadline for sign-ups is August 11. Kids and teens welcome! So far, our summer readers have read over 45,000 books!
- All summer long, royalty from the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair have been visiting our branches, educating us about farm animals and the various art and craft exhibits. Now it's time for the big payoff. The 65th Annual Mongomery County Agricultural Fair kicks off this wFriday and lasts until August 17. As their tagline goes, "There's plenty to see from A to Z!"
Experts, such as Karl Alexander, Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, assert that children who don't read during the Summer can fall behind at school. This will impact the rest of their educational career. On the Reading is Fundamental website they call it "The Summer Slide" and say "Children who do not read over the summer will lose more than two months of reading achievement. Summer reading loss is cumulative. By the end of 6th grade children who lose reading skills over the summer will be 2 years behind their classmates." Excellent sites, such as RIF and Reading Rockets, provide links to research that backs up this statement, and provide resources, articles and information about summer reading and summer learning loss. Librarians on the Internet also offer advice for summer reading activities.
Your social network is a good source of summer reading ideas. If you are registered for Goodreads, you can swap ideas with your friends, and popular blogs like The Huffington Post are chiming in with their lists, as well. And we're good, we're very good--our libraries have those books, too.
The library isn't the only place to find summer reading clubs--bookstores, banks, grocery stores, cinemas, and restaurants have been known to have them. Maybe you can find one of those alternates around here.
Unless you think we've forgotten the grown-ups--we do have plenty of lists for them, too. Or you might check Salon for a hot summer reading list.
And to end, I thought I'd share with you adults Jimmy Fallon's guide to what not to read on the beach.
It is time for the Gaithersburg Book Festival! On Saturday May 19, booklovers and authors will gather on the grounds of the Gaithersburg City Hall to to celebrate books, writers and literary excellence. In its third year, the Festival features talks and book signings by authors, writing workshops, a coffee house with singers and poets/songwriters, a Children's Village and several panel discussions. One discussion, Separating Fact from Fiction, will include audience participation. Another will tackle the future of bookstores and books. Take a look at the festival program to decide how you want to spend your Festival Day. It's a perfect time for kids, 'teens and grown-ups to make a summer reading plan or to gather suggestions for a new or ongoing book group.
In its second year, the Festival features talks and book signings by authors, writing workshops, a coffee house with singers and poets/songwriters, a Children's Village and a panel discussion about the future of the written word. Take a look at the festival program to decide how you want to spend your Festival Day on the grounds of the Gaithersburg City Hall. It's a perfect time for kids, 'teens and grown-ups to make a summer reading plan or gather suggestions for a new or ongoing book group.