Summer reading clubs encourage kids, adults to get moving

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published June 1, 2016

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Ready to read?

The St. Clair Shores Public Library is ready for throngs of summer readers to hit the shelves in anticipation of this year’s summer reading clubs for children and adults, both of which have themes designed to encourage reading as well as exercise.

With the Youth Services Department encouraging young readers to “Move, Play, Read,” and the Adult Services Department hoping to inspire adults to “Exercise Your Mind,” this year’s reading clubs are sure to excite readers of all ages.

“The nationwide theme is ‘On your mark, get set, read,’ but we decided to try and make it reflect more types of being active than just team sports,” said Youth Services Librarian Liz Drewek. “We’re focusing on the moving, the playing and the reading, which is why we changed it to ‘Move, Play, Read.’”

Both clubs get underway with a kickoff from 6 to 8 p.m. June 7. Children signing up at that time can get registered and fill out their first entry form for prizes, visit the temporary tattoo station, and make a craft to decorate the library for the occasion. And on their way out the door, they can grab a frozen treat to enjoy outside.

Throughout the summer, every 20 minutes that children read a library book, they mark it down on their reading logs. Once they hit seven days of reading 20 minutes each, they come into the library for a small prize and an entry form for larger prizes given out at the end of the summer, like Lego sets; tickets to Cranbrook, The Henry Ford or Cedar Point; and “Star Wars” and “Minecraft” toys. 

More than a thousand kids participated in the program in 2015. Registration continues through July 22 anytime the library is open for those who can’t make it to the kickoff.

“It’s a good way to keep kids reading,” Drewek said. 

The club will also continue with its Terrific Tuesday programs at 2 p.m. for summer reading club members with stories, crafts, games and visits from PKSA Karate and Charity Music.

And the adult summer reading program is returning for 2016 as well.  

“It was on hiatus for a few years, and this is the second year that we’re back,” said Adult Services Librarian Kathleen Harville. “It’s important to keep adults reading. Some people, reading is a form of education. Some people use it as a form of stress relief, a timeout.”

In 2015, 119 adults registered for the club, which runs during the same time period as the children’s program. Adults can register from June 7 through July 29, and those involved are eligible for weekly drawings for gift cards from local businesses every time they read an adult library book or read five children’s books to a child.

The program is open to anyone over the age of 18 who has a valid library card, and participants can read print books, e-books or audiobooks. There will also be bookmarks available listing some pre-selected titles. If the adults read one of those books, they get two entries for each book read.

There will be a special program for the adults, as well, at 7 p.m. July 14 in the Gilstorf meeting room. Harville said the speaker, from the MSU Extension, will be speaking about stress relief through mindfulness.

“Letting go of negative thinking, breathing exercises to help, that kind of thing,” Harville said. 

The last drawing for the adult club is Aug. 1. Both programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library and are free to participants. 

“This really brings people in. We’ve already had tons of questions about it,” Drewek said. “They look forward to it every year, as do we.”

For more information about either program, visit or call (586) 771-9020.