Broward County Libraries Division Presents "Dig Into Reading" with the Children & Teens Summer Reading Program

Pick up your Summer Reading Booklet today!

Pick up your Summer Reading Booklet today!

DATE: May 24, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Nancy Murray or Loria Hyatt, Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7406 or 954-357-7336

"Dig into Reading" with Broward County Libraries' Children & Teens Summer Reading Program, a literacy initiative sponsored by the Broward Public Library Foundation and the Miami Dolphins, that gives children the chance to win prizes by reading over the summer. There are also loads of fun events and programs for all ages. Pick up your Children's Summer Reading Program Booklet at your local library or download it here. An live calender of Summer Reading Program events is also available. 

The Summer Reading Program kicks off on June 8, 2013 at 33 Broward County Library locations. Libraries countywide will offer a summer filled with great events for children and teens, including music and theatre performances, fun activities, science adventures, arts & crafts, book clubs and story times. Additionally, children and teens are encouraged to read for the fun of it - the more books read, the more chances to enter drawings for great prizes. Prizes include ticket packages for local attractions, a VIP day at Dolphins training camp, signed sports memorabilia, an iPad, a Kindle Fire and $250 gift certificates, to name a few.

Summer reading programs are beneficial to young people, as they help retain reading and comprehension skills over the summer and provide quality learning activities that are fun and appealing. According to the School Library Journal, students who take part in their local library’s summer reading program significantly improve their reading skills. Summer reading programs are also an antidote for learning loss.

To get started in the Children's Summer Reading Program, visit your local participating library on or after June 8. Pick up your game piece and get started reading to earn rewards from your library and a chance to win great prizes. Many of libraries will be hosting Summer Reading Program kick-off events with entertainment, refreshments and Summer Reading Program sign-ups.

The following Broward County Library locations will participate in the Children's Summer Reading Program:

Children and teens can enjoy featured entertainers and performance at their local library; check the Children's Summer Reading Booklet for dates and times. Performers include:

  • Didgeridoo Down Under: High-energy, interactive Australian-themed show with an environmental message that combines music, culture, comedy and puppetry.
  • Windell Campbell - Folk & Fairy Tales: Puppetry is incorporated with the art of storytelling.
  • Dig In and Read with the Pirates Treasure Adventure: Award-winning magic show with laughs, balloon sculpting and audience participation.
  • Digging Up Buried Treasure with Carrie Sue Ayvar: Amazing tales told in Spanish and English.
  • Salty Sue the Pirate or Geo Jane (Suzy Hammer): Salty Sue roams through books and reading looking for adventure. Geo Jane trots the globe unearthing buried mysteries.
  • Darrell House: Award-winning children's author, poet, storyteller, singer/songwriter and musician Darrell House enchants the audience with his humor.
  • Billy Joe Bob Show: Stories and songs, including Dr. Seuss tales, are intertwined to provide an entertaining and educational experience.

For more information on the Children's Summer Reading Program, please contact Nancy Murray, 954-357-7406, or Loria Hyatt, 954-357-7336,

The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 40 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of the Broward County's diverse community. The library continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site,, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Historical Commission


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