Boulder Junction Public Library

Children's After School Reading Program

The Boulder Junction Public Library's Children's After-School Reading Program will be held on Tuesdays from 3:45-4:45 pm at the Boulder Junction Community Center beginning October 2nd.

Each week will include stories, along with art projects, games, or other activities. We will also have a snack (nut-free) to begin the program. The program is aimed at children in 4-year-old kindergarten through third grade, but everyone is welcome to come.

School-age children can take the bus to the library if they give the school a note. The bus to take is NL32. The Reading Program will begin at about 3:45 pm when the bus arrives and run until 4:45 pm. An adult must accompany children who are under 4 years old.

Every child who participates must fill out a permission slip and turn it into the library no later than the first day of the program. Forms will be available at the library, at the school and here. Advance registration is recommended, but not required. If you have any questions, please call the library at 715-385-2050.

Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages explored Rock’n things (musical and geological) this summer at the Boulder Junction Public Library’s “Libraries Rock” children’s summer reading program. Special activities included a presentation about animal habitats with Licia Johnson, a naturalist from the North Lakeland Discovery Center; a visit from Colossal Fossils natural history program, and many other fun and educational games, activities and crafts. The program wrapped up with a Dance Party with Barb Boston, prize awards and ice cream sundaes.

Congratulations to the 24 children who read for 539 hours during this summer's program. The two top readers won electric scooters. Congratulations to Hannah Fieweger for reading 67.75 hours and Lily Reed for reading 64.5 hours. There was also a prize raffle open to any child who read at least 30 minutes – the more they read the more chances they had to win a raffle prize. Winners of the random drawing were: Addison Trapp with 11.75 hours read; Audrey Fritz with 47 hours read; Bode Moon with 12 hours read; Farrah Fritz with 28.5 hours read; Luke Fieweger with 25.75 hours read; Sean Sass with 32.75 hours read; Tucker Moon with 14.5 hours read; Piper Lundquist with 9.5 hours read; Sabrina Poisson with 24.25 hours read; Carrick McPadden with 10 hours read; and McCarttie McPadden with 10 hours read.

A special thank you to the Boulder Junction Community Foundation for awarding the library a $450 grant to purchase reading incentive prizes for the top two readers and the raffle prizes which were awarded at the final program.

Every child who did not win a prize in the raffle was able to choose another prize thanks to donations from local businesses. Thank you to the following local businesses who donated prizes or funding for our weekly giveaways and incentive prizes: Achilles Foot and Ankle Clinic, Alder Lake Cranberry Gift Shop, Boulder Junction Trading Post, Boulder Junction Wellness, Coontail Market, Knitt's Hardware, Mad Dog Jake's, Moondeer and Friends Gallery, Northern Highland Sports, Septic Inspection Service, Skids and Violets & Lace.

Please join us next year for the "A Universe of Stories” Children’s Summer Reading Program where we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Boulder Junction Public Library is launching “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” – a national program that promotes reading to children from birth through preschool. The library has received a Library Services & Technology Assistance grant that has enabled us to offer this reading incentive program to area children and families.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program designed to help parents prepare their children for one of life’s big milestones: kindergarten. Research has shown that children get ready to read years before they begin their formal education. An excellent way to get your child ready to learn is to read to them.

Reading with your child and making it a special time together shows him/her that reading is valuable and enjoyable. You can start to develop a love of reading in your child from a very young age! Also, by coming to the library together, you can teach your child an understanding of how the library works, a respectful attitude towards books, and an appreciation for the wide range of stories that can be found at the library.

Any child who has not yet entered 5-year old kindergarten is eligible to participate in the program. If you read just one book a day, that is 365 in one year, 730 in two years and 1,095 in three years. If you enroll your child after age 3, you will need to read two books per day to reach 1000 by kindergarten. If you enroll your child after age 4, you will need to read three books per day to reach 1000 by kindergarten.

Any time your child listens to a whole book it counts! It can be a library book, a book from home, a book read at story time, even an audio book or e-book. You can even count multiple readings of the same book.
Children will receive an incentive gift when each 100-goal reading log is turned in to the library. A free book will be given out when the child reaches 100, 500 and 1000 books. Plus, progress will be recorded on our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten display in the library.

To register your child for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, stop by the library during regular hours to get your first reading log and a folder with information about the program. For questions and further information, please call the library at 715-385-2050.

“The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” -U.S Department of Education, Becoming a Nation of Readers

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