Ducklings Not Reading

Reluctant readers come in all ages, stages, and sizes. This summer, overcome a lack of enthusiasm with these tips, which can be applied to book haters of all ages. Examples will link to children's materials, but all suggestions can work for grown-ups, too.

  • Forget reading level for just a minute, and start with interests or hobbies. Search for fiction and nonfiction that focus on that topic. If you like soccer, use our subject headings to find relevant biographies, fiction, and nonfiction.
  • Explore picture books. There are many beautiful titles that are worth reading, and as a bonus are short and satisfying.
  • Use writing as a springboard and create a summer journal. Then see why journal-format fiction is so popular.
  • Explore the graphic novel shelf. Dense illustrations make a reader slow down to really enjoy the story.
  • Come to a book discussion program, or start your own. Read the book together. Reading can be more fun when it's shared, and even if you hated the book, you can talk about how much you disliked it.
  • Grab some poetry. Sometimes it's serious, but a lot of times it's silly and entertaining.
  • Listen to an audiobook. All of the story and vocabulary words without the visuals.

No matter what, keep trying. Try new formats, try new recommendations, try non-print stories. It's never too late to find something good.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Game On: Super Bookworm badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Learn more about your favorite people in sports, or find out about someone new. 

Laila Ali : champion boxer by Norman D Graubart

"A biography of boxer Laila Ali"--.

Describes the life and accomplishments of the professional baseball player, from his early career to World Series triumph with the Florida Marlins to winning Major League Baseball's triple crown.

"A historical picture book about Edith Houghton, a female baseball phenomenon who joined the professional women's team the Philadelphia Bobbies at the age of 10"--.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Chow Down: On the Scene badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Stop by our Connect Your Summer Command Center and grab a food quiz. Test your culinary knowledge by matching key ingredients to their recipe name. Coming up blank? Try looking in our cookbook sections between 641.5 and 641.9 for some hints.

Your finished food quiz can be submitted in the drop box in the CYS Command Center. Don't forget to include your email address. All prize drawing winners will be notified by email.

Check www.cantonpl.org/connect-your-summer to find more ways to earn badges. The final day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Chow Down: On the Scene badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Test your nutrition knowledge with our food group matching game. Grab a copy from our activity spinner in our Connect Your Summer Command Center. Can't quite make your meal match up? Check out choosemyplate.gov or look for more resources in our catalog by searching for "myplate".  

Your finished matching game can be submitted in the drop box in the CYS Command Center. Don't forget to include your email address. All prize drawing winners will be notified by email.

Check www.cantonpl.org/connect-your-summer to find more ways to earn badges. The last day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Hit the Road: On the Scene badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Go on a quirky roadtrip right inside the library. Grab one of our Roadside USA matching quizzes from the Connect Your Summer Command Center. Match the roadside attraction with its location in the contiguous United States.

Your finished matching game can be submitted in the drop box in the CYS Command Center. Don't forget to include your email address. All prize drawing winners will be notified by email.

Check www.cantonpl.org/connect-your-summer to find more ways to earn badges. The last day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17.

For more road trip information, check these resources:

Contains a map of the United States and simple road maps of each of the fifty states as well as Washington D.C., and includes facts, state symbols, roadside attractions, games, and more.

Go, go America by Dan Yaccarino

A collection of odd facts, including festivals, contests, and laws,about the states of the United States.

"Each of the fifty states is represented by important people, ideas, and events in the history of the United States"--Provided by publisher.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your My Mitten: On the Scene badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

"Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words." -Edgar Allan Poe

Create your own poetical rhythm by submitting a Michigan Haiku to earn your My Mitten On-the-Scene badge. Find the submission form on the spinner rack in our Connect Your Summer Command Center. If you need some poetical inspiration, browse the nonfiction shelves between 808 and 812.

Your finished haiku can be submitted in the drop box in the CYS Command Center. Don't forget to include your email address. All prize drawing winners will be notified by email.

Check www.cantonpl.org/connect-your-summer to find more ways to earn badges. The final day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Be Creative: On the Scene badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Stop by our Connect Your Summer Command Center and add to our CYS Coloring Mural. All supplies are located near the front window. Once you've made your creative contribution, log in to Connect Your Summer online to claim your Be Creative On-the-Scene badge. While you're there, you can find more ways to earn badges and have fun with your library this summer.

The final day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17. All prize drawing winners will be notified by email.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Game On: On the Scene badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Earn your Game On On-the-Scene badge this summer by working on one of our puzzles. Find an easier puzzle in the Children's Department, and a harder one in the Adult Department near the Hold Shelf.

Once you've added your pieces, log in to Connect Your Summer online to claim your Game On On-the-Scene badge. While you're there, you can find more ways to earn badges and have fun with your library this summer.

The final day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17. All prize drawing winners will be notified by email.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Geek Out: On the Scene badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Need to earn your Geek Out On-the-Scene badge? Try our geeky crossword challenge.

Visit our Connect Your Summer Command Center and pick up a Rebels in the Library handout. Use the clues to find a location in the library where one of the Rebels is hiding. Write the name of the Star Wars character in the crossword. When you're done, don't forget to submit your completed crossword in the drop box. Make sure your email address is legible: all prize winners will be notified by email.

Check www.cantonpl.org/connect-your-summer to find more ways to earn badges. The last day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Animal Lover: On the Scene badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Test your knowledge of animals in books, movies, and song with our Animal Lover Bingo. Pick up a handout in the Connect Your Summer Command Center, and fill out your bingo sheet. When you've gotten five across, up and down, or diagonally, drop your completed sheet in our drop box. Don't forget to include your email. All prize drawing winners will be notified by email.

Check www.cantonpl.org/connect-your-summer to find more ways to earn badges. The last day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17.

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