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All Library branches will be closed and the Mobile Library will not make its scheduled stops on Monday, July 4.



The Adult Winter Reading Challenge Helps Your Kids Too!

By Jennifer C. at the Strafford Branch Library

It may sound counterintuitive, but your participation in the Adult Winter Reading Challenge helps your child’s reading too! If you want your child to grow up to be a reader one of the most important things you can do is read in front of them. Keeping reading materials like books and magazines around your house and reading for pleasure around your child shows them that everyone reads. Adding the Winter Reading Challenge gives you a unique opportunity to show your child that you like reading challenges too! Discuss what you are reading and why you chose it. For example, one of the challenge categories is “re-read a childhood favorite.” This is an opportunity to talk about your own history as a reader and you can share what you liked about a particular title when you were a kid. You can also compare any differences in your experience when you read it as an adult. When you share what you love about a book you are sharing your passion for reading. Being a reading role model is a powerful way to improve your child’s interest in reading. The 2021 Winter Reading Challenge for adults runs from January 2-February 28, 2021. Pick up a form and return to one of the SGCL branches or you can log your titles on Beanstack by visiting There's still time, so get to reading!

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