Mahler Family

Jasper, 4 (from left); Wesley, 3; Clara, 1; and Lisa Mahler are all signed up for the library’s Summer Reading Program

From the July 2015 edition of Cover to Cover

Reading is ageless and families are finding that the library’s Summer Reading program is something that everyone can do together.

“Reading isn’t necessarily a solitary activity, but it can really be a way to share with family and friends — whether that is reading to a child or an elderly relative, or reading and discussing books with your spouse,” Angela Allen, the library’s Head of Information Services, said. “This program is not just about reading books. It’s about reading together and creating shared experiences and memories with those we love.”

Lisa Mahler understands the benefits of reading together. She signed up herself and her three children — Jasper, 4; Wesley, 3; and Clara, 1 — for the program.

“I think the reading program is a great way for my kids to see reading as a fun and enjoyable activity. We love the program so much that my kids took their sticker sheets with them on vacation so that we could continue it!” Mahler said.

Summer Reading offers something for those who are too young to read, as well. The Rubber Duck Club encourages parents to do simple early literacy tasks with their children ages birth to 2.

“I found that the bubble sheet with the toddler activities, while things I knew were good and important, were things that I didn’t necessary do as often as the little ones needed,” Mahler said of the Rubber Duck Club. “I am so grateful to have the reminder, especially in summer when schedules get so busy with activities, to sit and do these things with my younger children. It’s of enormous benefit to us as a family.”

The family is finding something of interest for them all this summer.

“I am currently reading ‘Neuromancer’ by William Gibson. It’s a science fiction classic. And I’m really looking forward to our August (Monday Night) Book Discussion book — ‘The Light Between Oceans.’ Jasper has been obsessed with books about prehistoric insects. Did you know that arthropleura was a 6-foot-long millipede? Wesley is reading every superhero story he can get his hands on, and Clara has an alphabet board book that is quite the favorite.”