Summer vacation has begun. The pool is open and the Popsicles are in the freezer.
But there’s still one thing we must do — go to the library to sign up for the Baltimore Couny Public Library summer reading program. This has been a tradition in my house since my older son was a toddler.
I’ll admit that when the kids were younger they were much more excited about getting the T-shirt and game board. As they grow older, they become more reluctant to give up time playing video games and texting friends.
The libraries do their best to compete, offering kids cool prizes and books designed for every age. I’ve often found many of the books the teachers in school chose to be more appropriate for girls. The libraries, however, are trying to appeal to every age and taste. Baltimore County’s library page includes recommendations for teens and kids.
The reading program runs until the end of August. I’m hoping that with a bit persuasion, even my reluctant readers will find something they like.
Note: Other area reading programs include those at libraries in: