Summer is almost here, and we cannot help but ask how can we as educators, caretakers and parents keep our kids academically engaged to ensure success this coming fall?

Unlike previous years, this year presents the unique and unprecedented obstacle of being in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. This may mean libraries will not run their usual summer reading challenge, books may be harder to get a hold of, and keeping children of all ages engaged will be an even steeper challenge.

In order to help, the Berkeley Heights YMCA has teamed up with Scholastic to host a virtual book fair -- or 'Read-A-Palooza' -- through September 4. Order books, games, puzzles and more from the safety of your home. Don’t limit yourself to one order, this fair will continue through the entire summer so now is the perfect time to plan out reading goals and after every achievement you and your little ones can pick out new books to reach your next milestone.

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Proceeds from the book fair will go directly to the Berkeley Heights Branch’s Scholastic account, and will allow us to buy new books, games and activities for this coming school year.

 

Visit the Book Fair Here

Summer Read-A-Palooza doesn’t end with a virtual fair, Scholastic has also launched a new online resource for kids called “Home-Base.” As part of the nationwide Scholastic campaign to unite communities and celebrate reading for fun, Scholastic created a free digital destination which includes free full length books, live virtual events, and games in a safe fully monitored environment. Kids can track their reading streaks, and earn rewards which will unlock book donations, and interact with their favorite scholastic book characters.

* Shipping will take approximately 2 weeks as the warehouses are under new guidelines
*Book-only purchases of over $25 qualify for free shipping
*We recommend ordering book only shipments separate from orders with games, puzzles and other activities as your total shipping cost will be a percentage of your order and book only purchases may qualify for free shipping

For more activities and virtual resources visit our My Y At Home page where we have a variety of activities for all ages!


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About the Summit Area YMCA
The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need.