Why is Liberty Hill Public Library holding this fundraiser? Because our summer reading program is important to our community and the education of our children, and because of budget cuts we need help raising funds to make it happen this year. So we are asking our wonderful patrons here in Liberty Hill, Texas to help us raise money for our upcoming dinosaur themed 2018 Summer Reading Program, "Stomp...Romp...Roar...Read!"
Last year over 17,000 people enjoyed visiting the library at one of our 100+ programs and events. We had over 1,300 children, 409 adults, and 181 teens sign-up for their respective reading programs. Our kiddos read turned in 3,243 reading logs for an astonishing total of 972,900 minutes!
100% of all money raised will be used to pay for wonderfully popular shows and performers such as Austin Reptile Service, Wild Things Zoofari, and Joe McDermott; to purchase supplies for hands-on science, craft, and engineering programs; and to hold exciting events such as the Big Rig Petting Zoo the Star Gazing Party, and afternoon movie matinees.
The purpose of our summer program is to keep kids and their family members reading all summer. Why is that important? Because children that read over the summer building their reading skills, prevent summer learning loss (aka summer slide), and are better prepared for a successful school year.
Reluctant readers benefit because they are drawn in to join in summer reading by the fun activities, events, and programs but then, just by being in the library and around readers, they often develop an interest in reading the books that the everyone else is enjoying.
Summer reading at the library is also great opportunity for family time and a way to be together and enjoy activities without having to spend a fortune. Why? Because everything at the library is free! We want to make sure that all children in our community have education and entertainment during the summer.
Another benefit of making summer reading a family activity is that children who see their siblings and adults reading at home are more likely to read. That is one reason that we started our teen and adult programs because it is a way to encourage reading role models. Another reason, is that summer reading is just good fun and that our older readers love participating.
Last year our summer reading program was a great success, but it was an expensive program. Every single penny spent was worth it because of the enthusiasm and joy of the children and how they embraced a love of reading. Can you please help us bring that same joy and fun to our community this summer?