Well the summer has been very noticeable this last week or two – both in terms of the ongoing heatwave and the sudden onrush of children being brought into the library as parents look for ways to distract them that won’t cost the earth. The Summer Read event this year is proving popular, especially since it has been opened up to cover the whole family – we’ve been encouraging whole families to read together to meet a target of six books by the middle of September.
It is a lot of work though – with mini-prizes to give out at milestones, treasure hunt activities for the kids to find characters hidden around the library, and opportunities for people to contribute to a long winding story describing what’s going on in the Creepy House (the theme of the activity this year).
What is encouraging is the number of times I’m hearing from parents that their children are suddenly really gripped with reading and wanting to come to the library. I get to talk to a lot of the families, congratulating them on progress, encouraging them if they’re flagging, and suggesting things to read (which is proving a bit of a stretch in some cases). It’s just about making the heat inside the building bearable, so the slightly cooler weather the last couple of days has felt like a blessed bonus.
As much as I’m enjoying it though, I have to admit I’m also looking at the calendar and looking forward to the week off I’ve got the week after next – and at how much closer the long-delayed honeymoon is getting