This summer, school libraries will be open with free activities!
Get ready to read with local hip-hop, dance, music, and theatre artists! SummerREADS is an opportunity for students and families to increase time spent reading and provide access to books and literacy-based activities in their own neighborhoods over the summer by utilizing nine state-of-the-art school libraries renovated as part of the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project.
Enjoy hands-on storytelling with help from special guests, including Art with a Heart, Maryland SPCA, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, The National Aquarium, and Port Discovery!
Students will also:
- Learn the fundamental techniques of beatboxing with Max Bent
- Write hip hop verses while improving literacy skills with Bomani
- Experience literacy through photography with Christina Delgado
- Transform the library into a makerspace with FutureMakers
- Connect everyday objects to computer programs with Code in the Schools
- Create a terrarium in Port Discovery's Eco Kids! workshop
- Discover ways to make instruments out of recycled materials
- Enjoy games and fun activities with YMCA's Y on the Fly
- Earn prizes by logging reading hours
- And much more!
SummerREADS programs are geared to students in grades K-3 and their families, although the library is open to all City School students K-8th grade. Priority will be given to students who attend school sites. Students who do not attend school sites may be put on a wait list if a library is at capacity.
Parents and families are welcome to stay for the duration of the program however they are not required to do so. Pre-registration is encouraged. Daily on-site registration will be available for families who wish to drop their children off if space allows.
Registration is now closed for the 2018 program. Check back in March 2019 for the next opportunity to apply.
July 1 - August 2, 2019
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Free breakfast and lunch will be served.
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Playworks Maryland is excited to once again partner with Young Audiences to bring recess to SummerReads. Playworks’ mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe and meaningful play. Playworks is the leading nonprofit in the country to leverage play as a tool to promote healthy behaviors and improve the learning environment in elementary schools. Our goal is to establish play and recess as a core strategy for teaching social-emotional skills, conflict negotiation strategies, and to create a safe space for improved learning in schools.