I’m off for the next two weeks, but here is an interesting article for you to read, about boys and reading: BOYS AND BOOKS. It quotes author Jon Scieszka, who has been speaking for a long time about the disparity between boys’ and girls’ reading. It has long been Common Wisdom that most reluctant readers are boys; that boys will read books with boy protagonists, but girls will read books not matter what the sex of the protagonist; that boys mostly like nonfiction or graphic novels. Schools need to pay attention to this. Another solution is for boys to see the men in their lives reading anything: newspapers, magazines, books. They rarely do. It’s a viscous cycle.
More reading: Here is our August Newsletter: Plumb Library News. The Friends are looking for a few good friends to help with the Country Fair in August, and the book sale in September. “Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig” will be visiting us on August 13 at 6:30, as author David Rottenburg reads from his book while local student dancers interpret the story. The Nonfiction Book group’s September title A Night to Remember arrives on Aug. 15. There are pictures from the Stuffed Animal Sleepover, and much more.
Greg McAdams will be performing his Team Magic magic show at the Congregational Church Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 4:00. All children are invited to attend, whether or not they’re in the Summer Reading Program. This is rescheduled from June, due to low attendance.
Remember to keep reading and logging. The Summer Program is officially over on Aug. 23, so you’re not done yet! I’ll be reading, in between looking at icebergs and puffins. Have fun!