5 Reasons Why Your Child Should Join Our Summer Stars Reading Adventure

Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on June 26, 2018.

Summer Stars is an exciting reading-based programme which is available free of charge to all children across the county of Fingal. Fingal Libraries  have compiled five reasons why your child should become a Summer Star and join the 2018 Summer Stars reading adventure this summer! It’s FREE and fun. All our Summer Star Readers who […]

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Summer Stars is an exciting reading-based programme which is available free of charge to all children across the county of Fingal. Fingal Libraries  have compiled five reasons why your child should become a Summer Star and join the 2018 Summer Stars reading adventure this summer!

  1. It’s FREE and fun.

All our Summer Star Readers who register will be given a Summer Stars Reading Card to record and track their own progress. There will be rewards and incentives along the way and a grand finale event at the end for all participants. Exciting events for children will also be held across all our Fingal Libraries during the Summer. Visit our “What’s On” page to find out more.

  1. Boosts your child’s  learning potential

Reading has so many benefits for children. It develops creativity and imagination and children who read regularly have greater self-esteem and well-being. One of the major benefits of reading to preschool children is a resulting higher aptitude for learning in general. Children who are engaged in their reading lives before school are more likely to do well in all spheres of formal education.

  1. Engages Reluctant Readers

Our Summer Stars Reading Programme is a great way to incentivise reluctant readers . We stock a wide range of reading material in our Libraries. Comic books or graphic novels can be a good way of helping a child to follow the story if they have difficulty reading . Our top tip is to  switch children on to reading by using their interests and hobbies. They need to be shown that reading can be fun and can be associated with something that excites them.

  1. Improves your child’s communication and emotional health

Talking about feelings through the experiences of characters in stories is an excellent means of communicating with a child and can be a great way to talk about emotional health in a relaxed setting. Stories about family and culture also give children a sense of their place in the world and in their community.

  1. Limits Screen Time during Summer

Banishing the use of technology during the summer holidays may not be practical however why not incorporate reading into your young child’s schedule. Reading in a structured daily session will also enhance a child’s concentration. With reading comprehension comes a stronger sense of self-discipline, a longer attention span and better memory retention.

Call into any Fingal Library to find out more about our Summer Stars Reading Adventure or visit the Summer Stars  webpage at www.librariesireland.ie . There are lots of online resources to choose from including tips to encourage your child to read, recommended reads for children of all ages and interviews from our wonderful Reading Champions.

Follow Summer Stars on Twitter @fingallibraries and @StarsReading or find us on Facebook -  Fingal Libraries and Summer Stars at your Library.

County Librarian, Betty Boardman at Powerstown Educate Together for the Summer Stars LaunchCounty Librarian, Betty Boardman at Powerstown Educate Together for the Summer Stars Launch

 

 

By Úna Smyth, Fingal Libraries