Want to stay busy and curious in the coming month? Decorah Public Library is offering two reading challenges for July/August: an “Early Literacy” bingo card designed for children 0-5 and another challenge designed for readers of any age. These challenges are similar in structure to the ones the library offered in June, but offer new prompts and prizes.
For the Early Literacy Bingo, Decorah Public Library took cues from the “Every Child Ready to Read” early literacy program and the Public Library Association. Prompts like “ Make a tent out of blankets and pretend to be camping in the forest ” or “ draw and decorate the alphabet together ” encourage the kind of play that leads to learning and literacy.
The all ages challenge is designed to encourage readers to try new things this summer. The library welcomes children, teens, and adults who want to participate. The prompts range from “visit a place in Decorah you've never been before ” to “read a book outside” and encourage connection with books and with community.
- Which summer reading challenge should I choose?
The Early Literacy challenge emphasizes play-based components of literacy and is geared toward ages 0-5--it's a great choice for kids building skills to get reading to read. Our Reading Challenge is for all ages and is designed to diversify reading and promote exploration of our community. If someone in your household is "between" challenges you are welcome to mix and match between the cards and make to make it appropriate to your child's reading level and interests.
- What are the prizes?
The prize for this round of challenges is a free ice cream cone or cup from the Sugar Bowl. Challenges can be turned directly into Decorah Public Library where free ice cream tickets will be distributed.
- What is the goal of this program?
Our hope is to get kids and families reading, being creative, and exploring Decorah. We want to make summer fun as accessible as possible and give kids and families an incentive enjoy our library collection and our awesome community!
Questions can be directed to Rachael Button at firstname.lastname@example.org.