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Make A Splash - Read!

The Cayman Islands Public Library Service invites all youngsters to Make a Splash - READ!, their 2010 summer reading programme.

Scheduled for19-30 July, the programme will start at 10:00 a.m. and end by 12 noon every Monday through Friday.

"Summer reading programmes are of great benefit as they help to promote life-long readers and learners," Library Services Acting Deputy Director Juliet Lawson said.

During the programme, children will learn about various ocean-related stories and issues, underwater creatures, cruise ship travel destinations, tasty summer recipes, delightful songs and watch entertaining DVDs to help them become critical thinkers and readers.

"Research has shown that children who read during the summer months are more successful in combating summer reading loss," she continued. "Reading skills are essential to our children's academic pursuits in life. Support them by encouraging them to become avid readers."

During the two-week programme a reading challenge will encourage children to read as many books as possible. Participants will take home wonderful prizes including mobile phones, free swimming lessons, sea aquariums and gift certificates simply for taking part in the challenge.

Additionally, all attending children will receive a free t-shirt at the beginning of the programme and snacks throughout. On the programme's final day (Friday, 30 July) a reading celebration ceremony will be held at each branch library and each child will receive a participatory certificate. Those who have read the most books will also be given achievement certificates and prizes.

Encouraging all to attend Ms Lawson said: "Let's celebrate the joy of reading! The public libraries have books for all our youth at varying reading levels. We have something for everyone!"

This year's programme is sponsored by LIME, Cayman National, Caledonian Bank, Fitness Connection, Cayman Screen Print, Book Nook, Foster's Food Fair, Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman and Blockbuster Videos.

For more information contact, Juliet Lawson at the George Town Library on 949-5159 or Deborah Powery-Zureigat at the Teacher Redley Powery Library and Learning Centre on 949-7659.

Reading Tips for Parents from a Librarian

  1. Reading aloud is something that parents are encouraged to do from birth. By sharing read-alouds with your child you encourage closer family ties and whet their appetites for the wonders and joys of reading.
  2. Keep many books at home. This can be easily and cheaply accomplished by borrowing books from your public libraries, or buying used books from garage sales, the Cayman Islands Humane Society Book Loft and other book vendors.
  3. Model reading: let your children see you reading. Whether it is the newspaper, magazines, novels, etc. let your child see that you value reading yourself.
  4. Discuss books you have read. This will reinforce the message that reading is an important part of life. Tell them about a book you have read, what you learnt or how it helped you.
  5. Give plenty of encouragement and praise when your child reads. Find out what your child is reading and give positive feedback.

Source: CI Public Library Service.