Summer Reading Challenge and More
Autumn is here already and I have been looking back over the last season, to remember the fun we had with the girls at the library, at the different activities they had which were perfect for my two bookworms.
This summer we spent a lot of time at our local library, in fact we visited at least once a week as there were so many things going on.
Both my girls are book worms so it was easy and no chore to persuade them to go to all the events that our library had on. The summer reading challenge my youngest Lara had from school, was a great way to encourage her to read over the summer holidays. She was happy to meet the challenge to go into the library and read, in fact she discovered new books she hadn’t seem before and really enjoyed. Even I got some reading done while the girls were occupied in the library which is almost unheard of until they are in bed usually!
Siobhan my oldest daughter is mad about books, she always has a book with her, and it is really her favourite hobby. Having Autism she finds a quiet solace in escaping into the books, and for the time she spends reading she is really quiet and still, which is unusual as she is a chatterbox! She is excellent with communication verbally, but does find it hard on occasion to know the social cues as to when to stop talking, so a trip to the local library is good practice as you have to control your noise level and focus more on the reading rather than the chatting.
There were so many themed activities going on over the holidays that caught the girls interest, and got them reading more too, which was fantastic. We didn’t make it on all the days but we did go to the;
- Harry Potter day
- The Lemony Snicket’s day
- The Jacqueline Wilson day
- The K’nex day
- Fairy crafts
- Owl event with children being able to handle the owls!
- Frozen day
The thrill for Lara to receive her medal at the end of the reading challenge was so lovely, she was really proud of herself for putting the effort into reading more books, so it was really special for her to get a reward for all her effort.
We have got into the habit now of every time the girls find a series of books they really enjoy, I see if they are on audio CD so they can listen to them after lights out at night. The Harry Potter series are brilliantly narrated by Stephen Fry, and we have just been buying the David Walliams stories on audio CD which are fabulously funny for kids (and adults!) of all ages.
The library also had a day when they had a display of owls for the public to come and see, and also to be able to handle them too! How fantastic it was too, for the girls to be able to see them up close was such a treat, and even though Siobhan was quite petrified, I was so proud of her that she overcame her fears and handled almost all of the owls in the end. We all spent about an hour looking at the beautiful creatures, it was so unusual to see such an event in our little local library but was hugely successful so I really hope to see them there again.
Having an older sister can be so useful when she lends you all her Lemony Snicket’s books and audio CD’s! Siobhan loves the series of books and knows them forwards and backwards, and now Lara had had them passed down to her, and she loves them too. The girls had a very exciting time in ‘The Secret Room’ by appointment only, where they had to solve a number of puzzles with clues and lots of discussion. In the ‘Secret Room’ the walls were all decorated with everything to do with the Lemony Snicket’s books and film,
Once they had completed the quiz their reward was a goodie bag with lots of fun stickers, quizzes and sweets. It was a really successful morning, that helped the girls work together, problem solve and also helped Lara with her reading, not at all what some have the impression of library’s being boring and stuffy but a place for all ages to enjoy.
I loved all the inspiring and funny quotes that the library had dotted around, it really went with the humour of the Series Of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket’s. Do your children like the Lemony Snicket’s books as much as mine? If your children have been following the series then just see below to find out how to win the most recent novel.
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