I had dinner recently with my friends Heather and Vince, a couple of library-loving millennials. Typical of their generation, they primarily download audio- and eBooks but occasionally even check out a physical book. They are both avid readers and over dinner (Vince is a great cook), we got to talking about their love of reading and how they became readers.
Vince talked about Mrs. McDonald in grade 2 in Bon Accord, Alberta, Canada and the year of the spaceship. For every 10 books the kids read, they got to soar to a new planet. Vince, a self-described jock, still remembers making it all the way to Pluto (it was a planet then!) and circling back again, all the while competing with the class brain. When asked what his favorite book was, there was no hesitation in his answer: Beverly Cleary’s Mouse and the Motorcycle
. This led to more reminiscing about books he read that year, Bunnicula,
and, by the end of the year, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
. He says that all that reading inspired him and made him more creative. As he said, “Kids like games.” It’s borne out in his choice of professions: marketing and promotion.
This naturally led me to think about the role of Summer Reading and how that inspires the kind of lifelong love affair with the written word that Vince experienced with Mrs. McDonald. That
is what we librarians do — we offer prizes and medals and we do it because we want every child to be a Vince, to love reading and to grow into a creative, engaged adult. This year’s Summer Reading program has been no different. We inspire kids to read and we help them celebrate the accomplishment.
We are grateful to those who made our 2017 Summer Reading such a success: all of the wonderful and committed volunteers, Sacramento Public Library Foundation
, Friends of Sacramento Public Library
, Good Day Sacramento
and Wells Fargo
We are also thankful for those who supported this summer's Lunch at the Library program: our amazing teen volunteers who served more than 10,760 lunches, United Way California Capital Region
, Elk Grove Unified School District
and Natomas Unified School District