WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Alfred Baumann Library's annual Summer Reading Program for children and teens, “A Universe of Stories,” ends on Aug. 17. It’s not too late to join! The library encourages all local children and teens to participate. Students of Charles Olbon and Beatrice Gilmore Schools are required to participate as part of their summer requirements.

"The Library and schools continue to have a strong partnership and join together in making reading a priority in our community," said Director Linda Hoffman. "One of the most valuable gifts you can give your child is a library card, and it’s free!" 

As as incentive, if 75% of Charles Olbon and Beatrice Gilmore students return their assigned Bingo Boards with at least one row completed, the students will get to “silly string” their Principal, the ELA Supervisor, the Library Director, and the Children’s Librarian.

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Summer reading is an important time to experience reading for pleasure and to try new genres. It is also the perfect time to read together as a family and make reading part of your daily routine. The Library has several programs that work well for reluctant and struggling readers - Books & Barks, Roaming Readers, Storytime Adventures, and will be launching a new program called Book Buddies in the upcoming weeks. The Library also has experienced staff members that can help children with their reading selections.

Participating in summer reading at the library is one of the best ways to prevent summer slide. Reading every day in the summer can keep your child prepared for school in the fall.

According to literary leader Scholastic, many children, especially struggling readers, forget some of what they've learned or slip out of practice during the summer months.

Scholastic suggests these strategies:

  • Six books to success: Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing.
  • Read something every day: Encourage your child to take advantage of every opportunity to read.
  • Keep reading aloud: Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, especially those who struggle.
  • In addition to its Summer Reading Program, the Library would like to let Memorial Middle School and Passaic Valley High School students know that it has copies of the required summer reading selections available for them.

Digital selections are also available on Overdrive/Libby. It’s simple, just go to the library website and click on “Books/Digital & more…” to borrow a digital copy or download the Libby or Overdrive app. Digital selections are convenient for traveling and to sample materials. Stop by the Library if you need assistance.