K-12 Educators Newsletter: Summer Learning

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Hennepin County Library K12 Educators newsletter


May 2019

Discover Summer. Here.

As an educator, you know that young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Youth who read, discover, connect and learn all summer are better prepared for school in the fall. 

Discover Summer

There are many ways youth and their caregivers can participate in summer learning at Hennepin County Library. We have opportunities for youth on summer break, as well as those enrolled in summer school or other structured learning programs.

To learn and have fun all summer long, youth can:

  • Review a book and win a free book. Kids can write or draw a review to enter Read Write Draw, and teens can review books to enter Best Book Ever
  • Attend fun, educational library programs related to reading, writing, art, science, music, and movement.
  • Join a book club. 
  • Spend time at the library pursuing individual learning and interests and making connections with caring adults and peers. 

Our Summer Learning dates are Sunday, June 9 through Saturday, Aug 24. Visit our summer learning page for all the information you need: www.hclib.org/summerlearning

Connect with book clubs

Youth can connect with peers in library book clubs meeting at many libraries throughout the summer. Book clubs are offered for a wide range of ages, reading levels and interests. Trained facilitators lead our book clubs and enrich the reading experience.

View all summer book clubs for kids.

Book club

Finding great books

Encourage your students to keep reading over the summer months, a time when reading skills may decline.

We can help find books to match the interests and abilities of any reader. We have suggested reading for fans of adventure, fantasy, funny stories, nonfiction, and more! We also have a variety of formats including eBooks, audiobooks, and graphic novels. 

Reading for fun is one of the best ways to help youth develop a lifelong love of learning and reading. 

Explore our book lists for teens and book lists for children.

Collage of book covers

Explore events

Free events that highlight science, technology, arts, engineering, math and physical movement are offered at all library locations throughout the summer. For full details on summer events for all ages, check our complete list of summer learning programs


Summer learning tips for caregivers

Hennepin County Library staff will be sharing tips for caregivers this summer via social media and the homepage of the website. Encourage caregivers to follow the library on Twitter and Facebook for tips such as:

READ OUT LOUD AND REREAD FAVORITES. Reading books that seem slightly below a child’s reading level or rereading favorites can help children develop fluency and give them confidence to read more advanced titles. Practicing reading aloud is another great way to get your child motivated to read more. Ask your librarian or go online at hclib.org to find great read alouds for families.  – Stacy H., Maple Grove Library”

Family readingng

Getting a library card

It’s free to get a Hennepin County Library card, and anyone who needs to replace a lost or stolen library card can now do so without paying a fee. Students can get a new or replacement card in-person at any library location or apply online and their card will be mailed to them. No parent signature is needed. Apply online for a library card.

Library cards

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